I would like to start off with a little PSA: Do yourself a favor and read Joe Kelly’s 1997 Deadpool run issues 1-33, as well as its assorted specials. It’s in my top ten comic runs of all time.
Now with that out of the way let’s talk about the reason we are here. Deadpool is from the Juggernaut build-a-figure wave that was released towards the end of Summer. The problem however is that he’s riding on the release of his movie, so popularity is at an all time high. That gives way to scalpers and people pricing them around $70 bucks on eBay. The only silver lining from this was that he was the only figure in the wave to NOT have a BAF part packed in. This was probably planned on Hasbro’s part as it would suck to pay so much money for a single Juggernaut arm. Recently I noticed he has been popping up more often on shelves within the last few weeks. I’m guessing he has possibly been added to extra cases. I have no evidence to back this up, but the places I frequent don’t shelf warm hot characters for very long.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Deadpool is the wisecracking, fourth wall breaking, mercenary that has a penchant for trash food and really big guns. He has been released a few times before but those figures are impossible to find for a reasonable price. He uses a standard Marvel Legends body, double jointed knees/elbows, hinged-swivel shoulders/hips/ankles/wrists, swiveled waist/boots/thighs/biceps, and an ab crunch. His mask has the perfect ‘People’s Eyebrow’ look that would make Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson proud.
He has several holsters, belts, and sheathes on him for his weapons to be placed in. The only gripe is that is right hand has his pinky finger sticking out like he’s ready to drink tea or make a Dr. Evil impression. I’m way behind on my reading so this may very well be a reference to something he did in the books and I’m a dummy for not knowing it.
True to character he comes with quite the armory of accessories:
Boxing Glove Bazooka
Alternate Unmasked Head
A Rob Liefeld-ian Rifle
The handguns, katanas, and knife have those aforementioned holsters which is nice because too many accessories without anywhere to put them is a shame. They usually end up in a Ziploc bag somewhere in a box that never sees the light of day again (shout out to all my extra Predator accessories). The rocket launcher has a boxing glove on the end that can be removed if you wish, but I think it looks better on there as it captures the humor as well as gives it some color. Which is my only complaint about the other guns, they are gray-ass-gray with no detail whatsoever. Hearkening back to the old Forge/Wolverine 2-pack that had the blandest looking guns imaginable. Hell I would have even settled for a 4th wall type of joke like, “Hi Rob!” etched into the rifle. The unmasked head gives off a devilish smile that shows he’s just a fun loving murderer. However, I have a feeling not too many people will use the ol’ cheese grater looking face because the mask is more iconic to the character.
The shining star and what I think might be the best accessory of 2016 is the taco, standing on even ground with the pizza from Spider-Man last year. The thought of yearly Marvel Legends pack in food is enough to make the room spin! It can also be a reason to sell less popular characters. Need a hotdog? Well too bad I guess you’re gonna have to buy Dr. Druid! Want a pan of lasagna for your Garfield collection? Better buy Wyatt Wingfoot.
Overall Deadpool is a great addition to your collection, even if you are a casual Marvel Legends collector like me (Misty Knight? Machine Man? Hard. Pass.). With the holidays approaching take a look again at all the retail spots you usually find them before gouging your wallet.
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