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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…