My week of all-new Marvel Universe action figure reviews continues tonight with Astonishing Wolverine! Earlier this week I reviewed some of the new figures I was most excited about including Ultimate Magneto, Iceman and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Not that I have anything against Wolverine, but I have the whole “been there, done that” feel with him, seeing as how Toybiz made about a billion Wolverines in their X-Men lines and Hasbro gave him his own movie/comic line at the same time as the Marvel Universe line debuted. I managed to the plethora of Hasbro Wolverines so far, however, making this Astonishing X-Men Wolverine my very first in this scale! Is this Wolverine “the best there is”?
First off, the major “Right” about this figure is that his scale is absolutely perfect. Toybiz had a bad habit of making Wolverines that were all over the place in scale, but rarely ended up being shorter than the other figures like he should be. Hasbro, on the other hand, got Wolverine’s scale just right with this figure, as he’s a head shorter than Cyclops like he should be.
Although I’ve never really liked the Astonishing X-Men Wolverine costume (even on the Marvel Legends figure of it), for some reason the costume has started to grow on me such getting this figure and playing around with it. The costume design on this figure is highly-accurate both front and back, and will perfectly complement your Astonishing X-Men Colossus and Kitty Pryde figures, as well as the upcoming Astonishing Beast!
Finally, I’m happy to report that Astonishing Wolverine doesn’t suffer from the “delicate” feeling that I got from earlier Marvel Universe figures and also from Iceman. Wolverine feels solid and well-made, his joints are tight, and I don’t get the constant feeling that he’s going to break when I pick him up or crumble over when I put stand him. I’m quite pleased with the quality of construction of this figure.
Clearly the factory had a terrible time trying to paint this figure properly. While the design for this action figure is extremely authentic, the actual application of paint onto this figure was done excessively sloppy. He has tiny specks of blue paint scattered across the yellow on his body, a big smear of blue paint on the back of his head, and uneven blue lines throughout the costume. In addition, the “X” on his belt hasn’t been painted in all of the way and the elbow joints weren’t painted the same color flesh as the rest of Wolverine’s arms. While the figure still looks terrific in the photos and from a foot or so away, the paint flaws hugely bother my OCD and greatly detract from his appearance up-close.
Like Magneto, Astonishing Wolverine doesn’t come with any accessories (besides his figure stand). Unlike Magneto, it’s difficult to come up with worthwhile accessories to pack Wolverine with, so I’m not as upset about the lack of accessories. A simple swappable unmasked head such as the one Tony Stark Iron Man came with would have been welcome, though I’m certain Hasbro will package that as a different figure someday instead. As I keep saying in these Marvel Universe reviews: for just a figure and a stand, this is not a good value.
“Where Can I Buy It?!”
Astonishing Wolverine has been surprisingly difficult to find in stores, but he’s readily available for just about retail price on ebay. You can check out the current listings for Marvel Universe Astonishing Wolverine on ebay directly by clicking here.
BigBadToyStore has the best price on the Set of 5 for Wave 16 for just $49.99 (including Iceman, Ultimate Magneto, Absorbing Man, Astonishing Wolverine, and Tony Stark Iron Man) . That’s essentially the retail price, and I doubt any online stores will beat it. They also have Astonishing Wolverine available individually for $10.99 right now.
Amazon also has the whole wave available with free shipping, including a bunch of hard-to-find figures like Ultimate Magneto, Absorbing Man, Iceman, X-23, Darkhawk, and more.
The fine folks over at CMDStore just received their shipment of this wave, and they presently have Astonishing Wolverine available for just $11.95, which is only slightly more than what you’d pay at Target or Toys R Us–and without wasting time and gas looking for him. You can also get the whole Wave 16 set of 5 there for just $54.95 (including Iceman, Ultimate Magneto, Absorbing Man, Astonishing Wolverine, and Tony Stark Iron Man).
Overall: Astonishing Wolverine really is a great Wolverine figure. The costume is accurate, as is the tricky-to-get-right scale of Wolverine next to the other Marvel Universe figures. I can forgive the lack of accessories since Wolverine is a truly difficult figure to come up with interesting accessories for, but I’m less forgiving of the sloppily-applied paint on this figure. Like the rest of his Marvel Universe brethren, I feel that it’s tough to justify $8-$10 for a figure this size, so I expect the paint to be absolutely perfect. If this figure was a dollar or so cheaper and had more expertly-applied paint, it’d earn an “A” grade. As it is, I still recommend this as a necessity for your Astonishing X-Men team lineup, as well as being a very good figure in general.