Last year, Marvel Comics gave away an X-Force version of Archangel form Hasbro's Marvel Universe 3 3/4" action figure line for free with the purchase of a digital comic subscription. I missed my opportunity to own the winged bringer-of-death... and sadness ruled the day. Needless to say, when it was revealed that a Wolverine figure from the Mark Millar-penned Old Man Logan storyline was going to the next subscription figure beginning at New York Comic Con 2012, I knew there
was no way in hell were pretty good odds I'd miss my chance to snag it! As fate would have it, Hasbro hooked me up (and all the other guests, cause I'm not special) with one for attending their press party, so I ripped Logan free from his package at the Javits Center for an on-site review!
The figure comes all wrapped up in a white cardboard box with claw graphics on one side and a shot of Logan showing off his Hulk blood-covered claws.*
Inside the box, The Old Man Logan figure is sporting the familiar Marvel Universe-style packaging with artwork on the front of the blister by the late, great Micheal Turner. The name on the package is listed as "Marvel's Old Man Logan", I guess so he's not confused with any other geriatric males that sport a single name. The back of the packaging shows the figure in full and shows a few others in the most recent assortment. At the bottom is Rocket Raccoon spewing words of snarky nonsense, but otherwise there is no bio for the figure. This is first for the line, as far as I know. If I'm wrong about that, call me out in the comment section. Go ahead, you know you wanna!
The sculpt for this figure borrows a ton from previous Wolverine 3 3/4" figures, especially those from the movie-based line. The head is all new, though and it it looks spot-on to the Steve McNiven version of the character with the lack of his trademark winged haircut but still sporting plenty of sideburns to go around. The figure does a decent job of bringing across the character with the added trenchcoat taking the brunt of getting the look down, but the claws are not at all what I was hoping for. Not at all. The back of the packaging shows three separated blades and gives the whole toy a different aesthetic from the overly-long, curved, single-piece adamantium blades the figure actually has.
The paint job, like Logan's soul, has good and bad elements-- but mostly good. The clothing's great, especially the dry-brushing on the coat which gives it the worn and leathery look as seen in the comics. His shirt is a nice muted red and it goes well with the drab gray plastic of his pants. The Hulk blood splattered across his claws and fists is also a nice throwback to the end of the Old Man Logan storyline and is definitely something you'd only see in this collector-only edition. Now for the bad: his face. Well, more precisely it's his partially non-painted facial hair around his chin. Not sure if he has too much gray added to one area, or too much left off of another, but it definitely looks "off." Luckily, (not for me, but for you) it seems like this is a paint error relegated to my copy. Wolverine looks like he accidentally shaved a little too much and then just decided that it didn't matter because everyone would be far too scared to give him any s**t about it!
For an old man, Logan is pretty flexible. He has a ball-joint neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-joint torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, dual-hinged knees and swivel/hinge ankles. All of the joints hold their positions well, but the long coat does mange to hinder crouching poses--but also helps hold him up, so it's really a toss up there. The ball-joint torso works like a dream, and his arms are easily folded in order to hold the Hulk baby. If there's one thing Wolverine's known for, it's gently cradling Hulk babies!
When it comes to accessories, Logan comes with an obvious one for any blood-drenched killing machine: a Hulk baby! Just how pissed is that infant gonna be when it gets older and realizes Logan slaughtered his whole inbred family?! Plus, this kid is another generation in that genealogy; so, it's probably doomed to be just as backward and violently insane as the rest of his jade-skinned clan! The toy itself is just a non-articulated little sculpt with the baby's face peeking out through a blanket that wraps the rest of its body. The bottom of the infant has two indentations that allow for Logan's arm to cradle it. The blanket's texture is well crafted, with the folds of the "cloth" somewhat hiding the arm hold indention. Paintwork on the baby consists of a green face with black paint used to detail the hair eyebrows and eyelids. It's simple, but more than effective for an accessory this small.
Overall, the figure is a great exclusive. He's not perfect by any means, but that allows for non-completists to get over how tough he is to get. Also, since he's not all-new, the urge to tear him from the package will probably be easier to fight--unless you're me. I can't help but ripping open action figures. It's a disease. For more on the 3 3/4" Marvel Universe line, be sure to check out Hasbro's official website! Also, don't forget to hit up Marvel.com to get the skinny on digital comic subscriptions!
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