Marvel Legends – Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool (Authentic vs KO)

The Figures

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

Here we wave Deadpool in his classic red colour from ‘Epic Heroes’ wave back in 2013. It was released as a variant of the grey X-force Deadpool. The grey X-force Deadpool was sold worldwide, but the red Deadpool was released in the UK, if I’m not mistaken (same as Future Foundation Doom, which was a variant of the normal green costumed Doctor Doom in the same wave). This red Deadpool was a reissue of the same Deadpool which was in a two-pack with Warpath in 2010. Both the 2-pack and this single carded red Deadpool variant was pricey at that point of time, and I’m actually ashamed and regretful of the price I paid for this figure. ????

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

Hasbro has released so many more Deadpool figures with updated and better body molds that made this figure’s secondary market price drop. I would never have paid the amount I paid for this figure if I had known Hasbro is gonna re release him. The feet and ankle joints are a nightmare.

Around 2014 however, the KO (knock-off/non-authentic) version of this figure came out. It even sparked a variety of different coloured versions of him. This comparison is to ensure that you don’t end up paying for a KO Deadpool.

You can see that the authentic Deadpool’s katana sheath curves slightly in the opposite direction of each other which results in it being positioned nicely when attached to the back. The KO katana sheath curves in the same direction doesn’t look as nice when attached.

Differences

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

Firsts off, the buckle that goes across the chest. For the authentic, the red colour at the centre circle has a small border of unpainted part, whereas for the KO, the red paint fully fills up the centre circle.

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

Next, the brown coloured parts matches each other for the authentic version. For the KO Deadpool, the brown colour doesn’t match; some are lighter, some a darker.

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

This is one of the obvious difference. The hands and elbow joints of the KO Deadpool is pale red, a clear sign of it being a non-authentic figure.

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

Both the hands are pale red, same as the elbow joints.

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

You can see that the KO boots are also pale red.

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

For the guns, its harder to tell. You can only see the difference if you have them in hand. But just a point to note, the authentic weapons has a matt finish while the KO weapons, both the rifle and handgun, has a glossy finish.

Left: Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool Right: Non-Authentic Epic Heroes Wave Deadpool

The sheath of the authentic katanas has the same brown colour as the belt and the gun holster at the thigh.

TL;DR

Authentic Deadpool:

+ Red paint has a small border of unpainted part at the circle centre piece of the chest strap

+ Same shade of brown for the belt, thigh holster and katana sheath

+ Same consistent red paintwork throughout the figure

+ Rifle and handgun has a matt finish

+ The katana sheath curves slightly in the opposite direction from each other, resulting in nice placement when attached to the back
KO (Knock-off/non-authentic) Deadpool:

– The circular centre piece of the chest strap is fully painted red

– Different shade of brown for the belt, thigh holster and katana sheath

– Pale red hands, feet and elbow joints

– Rifle and gun has a glossy finish (but kinda difficult to tell unless you have both the authentic and KO to compare)

– The katana sheath curves in the same direction, resulting in the sheath being close together when attached to the back

My Verdict


Get the original, definitely. Or even better, get the newer Rider Corps Deadpool or Juggernaut BAF Wave Deadpool. Or even the Sasquatch BAF Wave Deadpool.

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4 Comments

  1. This is precisely the blog I’ve been looking for! These are the best write-ups of genuine Vs KO figures I’ve found, excellent work and it’s much appreciated!

    1. Thanks Kane! Really appreciate your compliment! I just hope collectors get what they pay for, sometimes sellers sell the fake stuff knowing or unknowingly. So it’s good if collectors know how to tell the difference

  2. I recently purchased this Deadpool, but I still couldn’t figure it out whether my Deadpool is authentic or KO, although thered paint has a small border of unpainted part at the circle centre piece of the chest strap, and his paint aren’t red pale. But I’m still unsure, and I’m wondering, does the KO also have a copyrighted text on his right thigh? Thank you, sir!

    1. Hey Ikmal, did you see the colour comparison as seen in the pics above? Because the colour of the KO is really off from the original. Otherwise, you can DM me at Instagram and show me a pic of you Deadpool figure, and we can figure it out!

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