Before the movie, if you didn't read the comics you knew that a Marvel Legends Deadpool meant you probably weren't going to find it. Hasbro understood this - this is why the Juggernaut build-a-figure piece wasn't included here. If you missed Deadpool, you could still have a Juggernaut. It's almost merciful. Also merciful: making more Deadpool figures.
The 6-inch scale action figure is armed to the teeth. His swords fit in sheaths in his back, his pistols on his belt or hip. I was surprised the dagger doesn't have a storage spot, also surprised the figure has a hole in his back for some sort of stand or backpack (not included). His bazooka has a removable (but not launching) boxing glove, and his taco is a taco. There's also a machine gun and another rifle of some sort. I don't know guns. For years fans complain nobody ever gives an action figure enough accessories, so it was nice to see that Hasbro heard fans loud and clear and loaded Deadpool up. If this doesn't do it for you, another Deadpool is planned next year.
For a completely covered figure, personality can be difficult to express - but not impossible. One eye squinting, an extended pinky, and tons of armored bits tell you a bit about Wade Wilson the man rather than Deadpool the killer mutant. If you needed more, the grotesque scabbed-over head has Little Orphan Annie eyes surprisingly good teeth, and a face that's certainly Ryan Reynolds-esque. Exaggerated, of course. I assume making a joke about specific strains of sores would be off-color, but it's pretty grotesque. Hasbro nailed it here with a quality figure.
Articulation is on par with the norm for Marvel Legends, which is excellent overall. We're at a stage where a figure armed to the teeth with tons of gear, an alternate head, and 30 points of articulation is now de rigueur. To think, 20 years ago a good figure had maybe 12 joints on it - most of the popular Kenner figures had 5 or 6, and "super-articulation" meant 14 moving pieces. We've come far, but we haven't exactly had a quantum leap forward in a while. I love what they've done here, adding bracelets and greaves to a basic figure buck with painted-on silver clips and a real sculpted backpack, but I can't help but wonder what could be next at the mass-consumer price point. (Mezco Toyz answered the call of the next big thing at this size with its One:12 collective line, which does include Deadpool.)
A few Deadpool figures exist within Marvel Legends, often in variant colors - one was just sold at HasCon for X-Force deco. Toys R Us had some Deadpool figures in two-packs recently. Those are expensive - you'd be better off with this figure or Mez' offering. This comic-based figure has a mask that just happens to look a lot like the movie, but it's its own thing. It's fun. If you like this post-postmodern character that celebrates and mocks the 1990s comics culture from whence he came, you know you want a toy Deadpool. You might also be very over it due to rampaging fan enthusiasm. I like it. It's decent. I'm happy Hasbro is putting more emphasis on this very popular and beloved character.
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