Some of the new figures I’ve been eagerly awaiting this year are from Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line. After resisting for a few years, the line’s character selection has come back around and hit me upside the head. MU’s Wave Thirteen included a couple figures that I wanted, particularly Cable.
Upfront, I should say I’m not the biggest Cable fan. I didn’t read a lot of Marvel Comics in the 90s and that’s basically where Cable hails from. My big want from this wave was Cyclops (he’ll get his time in the spotlight here soon). So why did I buy Cable? Well, he looked like a kickass figure, he’s got a ton of accessories, and because I couldn’t resist the hilarity of a figure of him with Hope strapped to his chest.
If you’re unfamiliar with Cable, I’m probably not the best person to talk to, but I can try and give you the basics. He’s the son of Cyclops & Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean Grey. His early life sucks – his Dad left his Mom to be with his old girlfriend, his Mom went insane and became evil, he was infected by a techno-organic virus, and had to be sent into the future to be safeguarded and raised. In that time period, he grows up to a grizzled warrior and later returns to our time and kicks a lot of ass. Most recently, he became the guardian of Hope, the first new mutant to be born in Marvel after Scarlet Witch depowered the mutant population a few years back. The figure represents Cable during his babysitter period.
While Hasbro has been getting me to take more notice of Marvel Universe with character selection (bring on the Guardians of the Galaxy, baby!), the figures are simply getting better as well. Cable is a prime example. He has a great sculpt from head-to-toe. The only two issues I have with him are that his workout routine seems to favor his techno-organic bicep and that his head and toes may be a tad too far apart…
A quick check of Cable’s height does list him as 6′ 8″, so that sounds like he should be taller than your average Marvel figure, but when you put him with other characters you normally think of as tall, he just doesn’t seem right. I don’t mind that he’s a big dude though, it just further reinforces that “Cable will kick your ass… even while holding a baby” thing he’s got going.
The sculpt itself is accurate to the comics thanks to a great generic buck and a good dose of softer plastic add-ons. The chest harness, belt & leg holster, and boot tops are all added on to the sculpt. I’m not totally in love with them because they shift around and can look a little off. Plus, Cable’s left boot is glued askew. Still, I can’t deny how great they look simply because of the added depth they provide.
And atop that mixed body sits a great head sculpt. Sure, he’s his usually gruff, annoyed self, but, just maybe, Hope needs her diaper changed. The expression works for either scenario. Hope looks a tad small, but it does evoke the many covers I saw of Cable carrying her around.
Speaking of diaper changes, Cable doesn’t have to be with child all the time. In fact, some versions of Cable don’t even include the baby. I’m happy to have his version because it allows me to choose between both the chestplate with Hope and the one without. While I’m probably way too happy about this particular feature, there is one issue – neither chestplate is terribly secure. While I was endlessly fiddling around with the leg articulation, the chest plate found its way to the carpet more than a few times. Continue to Page 2…