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Vault Review: Marvel Select’s
Hugh Jackman Wolverine

I’m not a huge Wolverine fan.  I like the character enough, but I don’t really go out of my way to support him.  In my entire toy buying life I may have picked up three or four figures, but I couldn’t even tell you where all of them are right now.  So I was a bit surprised when I ran across his newest Marvel Select incarnation over the weekend, and I couldn’t stop myself from buying him.

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There are a few reasons why this is a great figure, and I’ll definitely go over all of them.  But the greatest feature of this figure, and what definitely cinched the deal for me, was how perfect the likeness is to Hugh Jackman.  I’m always amazed at how perfect Hot Toys can reproduce an actor’s likeness, and I’m also envious that the same eye for detail is rarely reproduced in six inch scale.  But it seems the toy planets have aligned, and Marvel Select has created the perfect little Hugh Jackman figure.

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The figure’s overall sculpt is pretty damned perfect.  He’s naked from the waist up and ripped with a muscular build, but it’s not bulging like a superhero.  Instead we have Jackman’s more sinewy physique that adds more realism to the figure than the average spandex clad brute.

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From the waist down Wolverine is wearing military or cargo style pants with combat boots (and a sensible belt!).  The sculpt of the pants are baggy and add a nice amount of contrast to the upper body.  The boots also have a nice amount of detail with laces, soles, and even seem lines and wrinkles sculpted in.

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But the face sculpts are what really brings life to this little figure.  That’s right, sculpts.  Wolvie has three different heads, each with a very distinct look.  First is the normal expression.  But even his vanilla head isn’t expressionless.  There’s definitely a hint of determination (or is that annoyance?) in his eyes.

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The second head has a perfect snarling expression.  Logan’s teeth are gritted and you can tell he’s just pissed off because another red haired girlfriend just died and he’s surrounded by a ninja horde who has no clue what they just wandered into.

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Head number three is Logan in full-on rage mode as he’s screaming out his rage for all those dead red heads.  I particularly love the look in his eyes. They’re open wide and almost bulging out of his head, giving the whole figure a much more intense look.  Continue to page 2…

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31 comments to Vault Review: Marvel Select’s
Hugh Jackman Wolverine

  • “…a great figure is a great figure, no matter what the scale.”

    Amen to that, Vault! This should be our official collector’s credo.

    This is likely the best Movie Wolvie figure ever. Marvel Select took a page from Hot Toys and Sideshow by adding extra value through the inclusion of multiple heads and hands instead of a single accessory. You get a real bang for your buck with this guy.

    • Clutch,

      I definitely agree. I was actually going to pass this figure up until I actually saw it and everything it came with. That with the added articulation made this a definite purchase…

    • Vault

      Definitely. This Logan is one of the few figures that I’m happy to put on the adult collectable list.

  • Nifty review, nifty toy, and amazing pictures. Not my goblet of mead, but I’m glad he’s pleasing his target audience.

  • Sandman

    Isn’t it really awesome that both Marvel Select and DC direct are stepping up their game so quickly in terms of accessories and articulation? Only a year or so ago they were both basically overpriced 90’s figures in terms of movement, and now they’re soon just as good as ML or DCUC.

    Well, I think it’s awesome anyway!

    Great review and as usual gorgeous pics. The figure standing on the rocks as seen from below looks amazing!

    • orionpax636

      The point about MS and DC Collectibles is a good one. MS made some big strides in communication and overall quality in their figures, DCC would almost be at their level if they just lowered their prices a bit and used more durable plastic for their articulation points.

    • Vault

      They’re definitely both trying, although I think Marvel is winning the race so far. DC is still a bit ho hum and overpriced.

  • Bigbot

    I’d say this guy is in an 8″ scale. He towers over my 7″ scale figures. I still think he’s a fantastic fig. Like you, his likeness is what led me to buy it.

    • Vault

      Yeah, I think you’re right. He’s even a bit too big for the few NECA figures I have. Ufortunately that makes him even harder to put with other lines.

  • TC

    I don’t buy Marvel toys or comics, and I’m not the biggest Wolverine fan, but THAT is an amazing figure! That scale is wierd, but the likeness and articulation are unreal. Your pictures really sold it, too. Nice stuff!

  • orionpax636

    The figure’s so good it almost makes me forget about Wolverine Origins. Sculpts of actual existing humans are rarely so accurate, and at this scale they’re almost unheard of. I hope MS gets around to doing a Downey Stark with a likeness this good.

    The wilderness pics are really well done, the visual of Hugh determinedly fishing with Sasquatch is missing only a miniature bag of Jack Links jerky.

    • dayraven

      their cheadle war machine was pretty spot on too…

      to echo the sentiments of my fellows, yes, this figure packs a great sculpt, really good articulation, and great accessories into a single purchse, that’s still cheaper than a motuc. represent.

      • Vault

        Yeah, I’ve been tempted to go back and pick up that Wolverine and movie Hulk now so Logan has someone to pal around with.

    • I was lamenting that we didn’t bring the tiny cans so they could have beer.

    • Vault

      Thanks, Orion! I hear the new Wolverine movie was much better, although I haven’t watched it yet so I’m not sure myself. But even if the movie sucks at least we got a damned cool figure out of it.

      • dayraven

        nah, the movie was good. total popcorn munching action fest, as it right for a wolverine movie. and no gross bastardizations of a popular co-character, ala deadpool

        interesting note though… this figure tries for a more human, less exaggerated physique for wolvie, based on hugh’s actual physique. and while hugh went for a leaner, not as bulky, but more shredded wolvie for this movie, he was bigger, most notably in the lats, than this figure portrays.

  • Brainlock

    I saw this at StL Project:ComicCon this past weekend, but didn’t really give him a look over, as I spotted the MS Venom you reviewed recently. (Glad I had no money to spend, or I would have dropped a HUGE amount, and that’s just for sketches! LOL)

    The “rage face” pic on bottom of p1 sells this guy for me. that IS Hugh.
    of course, so many jokes come to mind with the final p2 pic about size…! Oh My!

    Great scenery shots, too. the fishing one with Wanda/Narya(?) is probably the best.

    As for the Predator shot, have you seen the Wolvie vs Predator short? A friend was discussing on FB the recent image of the molded “costume” case they almost used in the movie and someone posted that on his thread. He’s really a fan of the yellow costume, but I still say brown would work better on screen.

    • Vault

      Ah, that’s cool. Manekochan and I were at Project Comicon also. She’s an artist and had a table there, so I bet we saw you at some point. I also bought this figure at the Con. A little Hugh Jackman was just too tempting to pass up.

      Thanks for that Wolverine vs Predator short. That was pretty cool.

    • Tim H

      Ha! Great short! And Hollywood would cost $2 million for the same thing!

  • Great pics! Gotta love the fishing with Wendigo pic!

  • SilntAngl5

    Awesome pictures, Vault! I especially love the one where Wolverine and Wendigo are fishing. Very clever stuff.

  • The Ghost

    Got this coming from Amazon. Having been hanging out so bad for this. He looks absolutely amazing.

    MS can hit some absolute home runs when they want to. They complete destroye anything ML, in my opinion:

    – Juggernaut
    – Venom
    – Colossus
    – Abomination
    – Unleashed Hulk

    And these are just the ones I own!

  • Lay Ze-Man

    I’d love to see what some customizers do with this guy.

    Seems a great base figure for a lot of possibilities!

    The fishing pic totally made this review. Nice on that one!

  • Truth

    Larger than a MOTUC figure. Just as much articulation if not more. A great sculpt. No shared tooling. Three heads. Cheaper than a MOTUC figure despite a licensing fee. Why can’t Mattel make figures for a reasonable price?

  • J. Lee

    Love that fishing and makes me wish I still had my Sasquatch. Will be looking as well for that one Venom.

    Never have bought any MS figs. Gonna have to check them out now.