I was sent a Marvel Legends Deadpool in Boxers in a care package from work - it took me a while to open it, but I'm rather glad I did. In the context of its original release, the partial retool gave us a semi-unmasked Wade Wilson with new legs, boxers, fuzzy slippers, and few accessories. For years Hasbro and Toy Biz treated Deadpool like something you don't release en masse, and now he's arguably one of their most popular characters carrying entire waves by himself. For an "adult" character, that's quite the remarkable feat.
The 6-inch scale action figure is kind of amusing in its own right, but put in a new context it's a hoot and a half. This is the "Zoom Meeting" work-at-home no-pants figure. (And don't pretend I'm the only one working in his boxers either.) In 2018 it was just simply "ha ha no pants oh that Deadpool" but if Hasbro had first released this figure in 2020 or 2021, it would've been a bona fide phenomenon. Timing is everything - rather than capturing the spirit of the times, the figure was just kind fo wacky in a non-specific way during his first release, being one of the last figures to sell out. If an important web site put up a puff piece on this figure, it'd probably sell out everywhere and skyrocket in price overnight. Alas, that will not come to pass.
Being oddly just-ahead of his time, this version of Deadpool makes use of some old parts along with unique boxer shorts with a thigh cut joint where his calloused, mutant healing-gone-wrong legs. He has one sock with holes in it, the other is missing, and fuzzy pink slippers. I assume the implication that one of the socks was no longer fit for wearing due to use, but perhaps it's nothing quite so salacious. The pink slippers are super-clean as opposed to the sock which seems filthy and worn. Similarly his boxers, diaper-like in their bulk, are squeaky-clean with a heart-shaped Deadpool logo on them.
There's a little much "ain't I cute?" stink on this figure, with his winking eyes and toothy grin. The paint applications are exquisite and clean, with elements largely being molded in color so you won't have to worry about paint scrapes down the road. Articulation is standard fare for most Marvel Legends, as the team at Hasbro seems to have their tooling library and articulation down to a science with about 30 points of articulation. I'm so old that I remember when Toy Biz had a Marvel figure with 14 points of articulation, and the figure magazines wrote about it like it was the second coming of the original 12-inch G.I. Joe as some articulated mega-God of plastic. Today we see 30 joints and shrug - we get things like rocker ankles and unique torso cuts, things Don Levine likely never would have imagined possible, and they're being applied to nearly every single character in the Marvel catalog now.
I don't know how completists Marvel figures feel about gag figures like this - we've had a huge chunk of Deadpool figures as of late due to the movies making him more popular with a surprisingly wide audience, so on one hand it's a figure that would probably outsell the likes of Batroc. On the other hand, the figure is built around a gag and jokes don't tend to be funny forever. Stay-at-home Deadpool is by no means an essential figure but it's so weirdly symbolic of our times I don't think I could get rid of it without a fight, and by a fight, I mean enough money to justify a special trip to the post office. It's pretty worthless so if you want one so you can remember 2020-2021, which you will spend years trying to forget, now is a good time to go shopping.
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