Just when I thought Marvel Legends could no longer surprise me, Hasbro goes and puts action figures in the toy aisles based on one of the most R-rated R-rated movies I’ve seen in a while. The Deadpool film sure went out of its way to be raw and it was all the more glorious for it. But it seemed like every frame of sex and violence was one more step to assuring we would never get the toys. Well, here come the toys! And I’m kicking off with a look at Deadpool himself, and his reluctant sidekick, Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
The figures come in a window box fairly similar in size to the previous X-Men two-packs. It’s even sort of branded for the X-Men only with Deadpool’s emblem stamped over the X. Wade has also taken his Sharpie to the box, crossing out the characters’ real names with their cool made-up superhero names and adding the 14+ age restriction in the upper right hand corner. Naturally, the big window gives you a great look at the figures and a whole bunch of accessories. Yup, I like the packaging here and I am delighted to have these figures in hand, so let’s tear into it. I’m going to start with Deadpool.
While some of these big budget comic films have taken liberties with the costumes, Deadpool emerged a celluloid anti-hero with all his looks intact. Yes, the details make this costume unique to the film appearance, but even if I hadn’t seen the movie, this would still just be good old Deadpool to me. The costume has a bit more of a realistic tactical flavor to it, but it’s red and black in all the right places, and he’s strapped with all the pouches and holsters that I expect to see on my Merc With A Mouth. I’m not going to do a comparison of all the bits and bobs that make this the MCU version (Yes! I can finally say that!) but I’ll just say that the figure looks fantastic, especially when displayed with some of the other MCU figures. The red portions have a nice texture to them, while the black reinforced areas have some panel lining. There’s even a couple pock marks in his chest, which may just be a fault in the mold, but I’d like to think that they’re supposed to be bullet holes.
Poolio has a number of extras worn over his suit, all sculpted in soft plastic. These include his belt and shoulder strap, and a set of crossed scabbards on his back for his katanas. There’s some excellent detail in the belt, as well as some additional paint hits. His Deadpool emblem adorns the belt buckle and there are some pouches. The clasps and fixtures are painted silver, while the pouches are tan, all of which make them stand out from the black belt and shoulder strap. He’s got a similar strap of pouches on his right leg, and a sheath for his knife on his lower left leg.
The holsters are secured to his legs with thigh straps, and they feature a pair of beautifully detailed automatic pistols, which are so detailed I could scarcely believe that they are sculpted as part of the holsters. Why, Hasbro? Why release a Deadpool figure with guns that can’t be removed from the holsters. PORQUES MIS AMIGOS???
The head sculpt is great and features the same basketball style texture as the rest of the suit’s red areas. It fits the movie look perfectly and Hasbro went for a pretty neutral look for him. There’s no popped eye or squinty gaze. I would have really liked a second head in this set with either a more expressive masked face or an unmasked face. It’s hard to believe that Ryan Reynolds wouldn’t want his face on an action figure, even if it was going to be covered in sculpted scar tissue. Ah well, at least what we got is good.
Hasbro did go really crazy with the hands in this set, although one of the things I’m not clear on is why they gave him some hands with the reinforced plate on the back of the hands painted silver and some not. Hell, they even gave him two pairs of fists with only this one difference between them. I’m not sure if I’m missing some significance from the movie, but I don’t think so. Either way, besides the two sets of fists, he has a set of open fingered hands, and a set of gun-holding hands.
And speaking of guns, he does come with a pair of pistols, which normally wouldn’t make much sense since he has guns permanently attached to his holsters. But then, this is Deadpool, and it’s not uncommon to see him with a whole lot of guns and back up guns, and backups for his backup guns. The ones he does come with are OK, but a little weird in their designs. I would have much rather had the ones he had in his holsters over these. The gun-holding hands do work very well with them, though.
They do not, however, work quite as well with the katana swords. The grip is very loose and while I can get him to hold them if I tuck the trigger finger over the tsubas, it’s still not ideal. The swords feature decent sculpts in the handles, silver blades, and they fit really well into the scabbards without coming out all bent.
Oh yeah, he also has that little combat knife tucked in the leg scabbard. This one is also a nice little piece, and it can be tricky to get him to hold it with those gun hands, but with a little patience I was able to get it to work without having to resort to the old poster putty.
Finally, Deadpool comes with his toy unicorn, which is certainly a fun and unique accessory, but your mileage with it may vary. He can hold it in a variety of ways, but alas it’s way too small for him to ride on! And that brings us to Negasonic Teenage Warhead…
NTW is a character that I found surprisingly likeable for a moody teenage shit, and a fine foil to Wade. Needless to say, I’m happy she eventually got the action figure treatment. And it’s a damn fine figure too! The X-Men uniform she wears in the movie is a sharp design, and I think it looks great on the figure. It’s mostly black with a yellow chest, yellow stripes running down the sides of the hips, and some yellow panels on the finger-less gloves. The studded belt is cool, although I presume that’s not school-issue and probably provided as Negasonic’s personal touch. I also dig the raised X-logo on the left side of her chest. As with Deadpool, there’s some texturing on the suit to make it a bit more interesting.
And the head sculpt is a pretty decent likeness for the actress in the film. It does make use of the halftone printing method for the facial features, and as usual it looks great when the figure is in hand, but can look blurry when you get in real close with the camera lens. She has a pretty blank expression, which actually suits the character well, and they even sculpted her rather elaborate left earring.
I didn’t go into Deadpool’s articulation, because it’s the same old thing we’ve been seeing all along in Legends. In other words, pretty solid! The Legends ladies don’t always fare as well, and that’s sort of the case here with Negasonic. From the hips down, everything is fine. She’s got ball jointed hips, hinges in both her thighs and her lower legs, double-hinges in the knees, and both hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. There’s no waist swivel, but she does have a ball joint just under her chest. The arms, feature the rotating hinges in the shoulders and again in the elbows. As usual, I’d rather have double-hinged elbows and swivels in the biceps, but I’m never going to win that fight! Her wrists are pegged hinges, which allow you to swap out her fists and her open hands. And finally, she has a hinge and ball joint in her neck. All in all, not bad.
Deadpool really hogs all the accessories in this set, as Ms. Warhead only comes with the extra pair of hands and a couple of effect parts. The effect parts are just translucent yellow energy coils that can be placed around her hands. They’re nothing extraordinary, but they do look good. I think Hasbro missed an opportunity by not giving her a cell phone. I seem to recall that Gwenpool came with one that they could have repainted and repurposed here. Maybe I’ll just steal hers.
There are definitely some missed opportunities with this set, but all in all I like what we got. The sculpts are excellent and it’s still hard to believe that we got toys from this film. In addition to this two-pack Hasbro has also released Domino and Cable from Deadpool 2, and I just might be checking out one of those next week. Just last week, Hasbro has also revealed a repaint of Deadpool, which I will likely pass on. Of course, there is a giant Russian-shaped hole in this collection, and I was really hoping they would have announced Colossus by now. Indeed, in a perfect world, this set would have been a three-pack and with him included. Ah, but either way, it’s a little miracle that we got figures from these movies at all, so I’m not going to start complaining about what we didn’t get.