Here we have the 4 Jim Lee costume Marvel Legends Wolverine, with one more upcoming wolverine in the form of a 3-pack with Cyclops and Jean Grey, probably released end of 2019. The new looks good with alternate heads and hands, but between these 4, which one is the best so far?
Based on size alone, the Toybiz Series III Wolverine would be out, because he is simply too big and tall. Not to mention that he has no ab crunch too.
Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine also has that gimmick compartment at the back which is unsightly. He’s also the only figure with single-hinged knee joints.
You can see the height again here. Toybiz Series III Wolverine is the tallest, followed by Rulk (Red Hulk) Wolverine. The other 2 are about the same height. The height matters as Wolverine has been shown to be short in the comics.
Next up, are the arms. Wolverine is also known to be hairy. Toybiz Series III Wolverine has the hairiest arm, and Apocalypse Wolverine has no hair at all. Rulk Wolverine has a funny shaped hair growth on his arms, haha, and the smallest biceps too. X-men Classics Wolverine has very subtle hair on the arms. Who has the best hair? Heh.
Now, claws. The Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine has the same claw as the rest of the recent Hasbro Wolverine (to be more specific, since Puck BAF Wave Wolverine a few years back). Although it’s not as long as the rest, the fact that it is detachable, and also straight and firm, makes it a win compared to the rest.
The Rulk Wolverine claws has good shape (kinda pointed end) and is long, but it’s quite flimsy and not straight.
X-men Classics Wolverine has the most blunt claws ever. It looks like long rectangular rods instead of claws.
Toybiz Series III Wolverine has the worst claws; long and flimsy, and very hard to straightened.
Time for head sculpt. Who has the best snarl and mask? Heh. I find the Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine has the best head sculpt, it really looks right out of the comics and of the 90s X-men Animated Series. The attempt at painting stubs just makes his mouth area looks dirty though. I really like the curves and shape of the black part of the mask.
Toybiz Series III Wolverine with painted iris has got to be the worst. Wolverine looks better and more comic accurate with all-white eyes.
Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine has a decent head too, but the black part of the mask curves inwards too much. I have seen people mod it by pulling it more outwards.
Last but not least, the should pads! Damn the shoulder pads has always been a problem for this figure. It either restricts articulation of the arms, or it’s placed in an awkward position.
Wolverine needs his arms to be almost straight up if you wanna do a fast ball special with Colossus, or getting him into any other attacking pose.
Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine has shoulder pads which are actually detachable, and is attached to the deltoids. Therefore his arms can be straightened up, but at the expense of the shoulder pad being upside down.
X-men Classics Wolverine has the only shoulder pad with lines grooved on it. It’s also in a fixed position on his shoulders, so it prevents his arms from straightening up, as seen in the picture above.
Rulk Wolverine has the shoulder pads permanent up on his trapezius. This allows his arms to straighten up, but I find the shoulder pad to be too high up his shoulders. Looks kinda awkward.
Toybiz Wolverine III Wolverine has the same issue as X-men Classics Wolverine; a permanently positioned shoulder pads which restricts the arms from being able to straighten up.
From left to right: Hasbro Apocalypse BAF Wave, Toybiz X-men Classics, Hasbro Red Hulk BAF Wave, Toybiz Series III
Side view of the maximum straightening of the arms upwards with the hindrance of the shoulder pads. Both Toybiz X-men Classics and Series III Wolverine has the same problem of shoulder pads restricting the arm movement.
Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine can straighten up his hands at the expense of the shoulder pad becoming upside down.
Rulk Wolverine has his shoulder pad high up to his trapezius.
Best height: Hasbro Apocalypse BAF Wave Wolverine and Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine
Best colour scheme: I feel Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine has the best yellow. Rulk Wolverine is too light yellow to me, and Apocalypse Wolverine’s yellow is a tad too ‘concentrated’.
Best arm hair: Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine
Best claws: Hasbro Apocalypse BAF Wave Wolverine
Best head sculpt: Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine. Rulk Wolverine and Apocalypse Wolverine head sculpts are quite decent too.
Best shoulder pads: Although the shoulder pads end up upside down, Hasbro Apocalypse BAF Wave Wolverine still has the best placed shoulder pads to me (best of what we got, don’t think we can get any better than that).
It really is quite tough to choose, Toybiz X-men Classics and Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine are tied for me, but I’d go for Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine since it fits in well with the other recent figures, good articulation and decent colours and head sculpt. A major downside for Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine is also the gimmick at the lower back of the figure, although the figure has some other plus points.
Like I said at the starts, Toybiz Series III Wolverine is definitely out due to it’s sheer size (it’s a tall figure) and coloured iris in the eyes and no ab crunch.
Some of you may still like Rulk Wolverine, but I find it’s yellow too light and there’s something off about the position of the shoulder pads to me.
You can get the Hasbro Apocalypse Wolverine here.
You can get the Toybiz X-men Classics Wolverine here.
Do you agree with my choices for the best height, colour, arm hair, claws, head sculpt and shoulder pads? Do drop you comments and choices below!