Really, we have Ryan Reynolds to blame for all of this. For probably the last decade, Deadpool has held mass appeal and been one of the larger names in and out of the comic world. That all went to shit and kicked into overdrive when the movie hit theaters and became one of the highest grossing R-rated films ever, only behind The Passion of the Christ. This, of course, led to the character getting his own merchandising deal. So naturally, everyone is taking their shot at little ole Wade Wilson.
It can be tiring. He’s an exhausting character, and there are a lot of toys of him out there with even more coming.
But, the silver lining is that generally Deadpool action figures are well made and include fun accessories. They also sometimes lead to his mutant friends like Domino and Cable becoming a plastic reality, which is a huge plus. Anyways, let’s take a look at Mezco’s latest two Deadpool figures.
First off, I’m going to refer to this as Classic Deadpool just to make things a little bit easier. It obviously isn’t the classic version of the costume, more of an interpretation of the modern look. But regardless, it’s the only red and black Mezco release, so it is going to be referred to as “Classic” for the purposes of this review.
The giant mess of accessories is a staple of the One:12 Collective line, and Deadpool doesn’t disappoint in that respect. He comes with an alternate head, four pairs of hands, two pistols (with actual clips!), two swords, four Deadpool grenades, an assault rifle, six grenade launcher slugs, a figure/flight stand, and a little baggy. A good majority of these parts can actually be stores on his person. The swords sheath into his back, the slugs fit into the slots on his shoulders, and the pistols are holstered on his belt.
The general release of this figure may also be an exclusive if you ordered it direct from Mezco. The only difference is that the general retail release does not include the Headpool accessory. Headpool is neat little bonus, but I don’t know what to do with him? There is no stand included, nor is there any hole or place on the figure that can be used to prop it up. I suppose I can just rest him on the floor, but that’s pretty boring. The accessory’s sculpt and paint are fantastic, but a flying pinwheel head should have probably had something to hold it up. Side note: be careful with those pinwheel propellers, I dropped my Headpool attempting to pose him for a picture and one of the propellers broke off.
I like that they took in the fabric a bit at the elbow and knee joints. It makes bending the arms and legs look much more natural with the soft goods costume. He also has much better range of motion in his ankles than some previous One:12 figures I’ve purchased. I’m still going to push for Mezco to do better, but this is a pretty good step in the right direction.
This is a more stripped down version of the Classic Deadpool, though due to delays of the general release it ended up coming out first. Sure, it’s one of his more obscure costumes, but it’s always been a favorite of mine. That X-Men blue and yellow just pops for me, and Mezco did a great job with the line work on his outfit. Everything is very straight and looks sharp.
Being a much more simplistic version than the Classic Deadpool, he doesn’t have nearly as much storage room on his person for weapons and such. There are no holsters for the guns, and he only has a single sheath on his back to store the one sword that is included. This outfit is much less busy. It’s the simplicity of it all that makes it appeal to me.
A nice touch is that they actually tied down the shoulder straps to his costume. I appreciate this little detail because I feel like I’m constantly pushing down the shoulders on the Classic version. Any character with the belt/suspenders combination tends to have this problem unless that detail is actually sculpted into their torso. So it’s nice that they considered this for the X-Men version.
Would I recommend Mezco’s One:12 Classic and/or X-Men Deadpool?
I like both figures well enough, but if I had to pick one to recommend it would be the SDCC X-Men version. That costume sticks out in a sea of Deadpool red and black.
These two figures each have their pros and cons. With the amount of character Mezco put into their Red Skull, I would have loved to have seen their take on an unmasked Wade Wilson head. Although it scales slightly smaller, the Marvel Legends head does fit on the neck ball, albeit a little loosely. I do wish that the shoulder straps on Classic Deadpool were tied down like they are with the X-Men version, as they end up riding up on him easily. Like any Mezco One:12 figure, the soft goods can definitely be an acquired taste. I’ve grown to like it quite a bit, but it can be frustrating at times when trying to find some natural looking deep poses for a character.
Both of these Mezco Deadpool figures can be found on Amazon. Of course the SDCC X-Men version pre-sold out back in July of 2017, so you are likely going to pay a mark up on that one. The Classic version can still be had for around retail.