Saturday, October 7, 2017

Action Figure Review: Deadpool from One:12 Collective Marvel Universe by Mezco

 It's time to look at another cool birthday gift I received this year: The Mezco One:12 Collective Deadpool! While the SDCC version Deadpool in his X-Men costume has been out for a few months now, that one was more of a pre-release for this figure. Mezco has definitely been putting out the One:12 Collective figures pretty slowly recently (some figures have been shown for more than 2 years now with no estimated arrival time in sight) but it does seem that Mezco always puts out quality product. Let's take an in-depth look at Mr. Wade Wilson here and see how he stacks up to the other figures in this line...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Balljointed ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, balljointed hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid-torso joint, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ butterfly joints, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a double balljointed head.

Accessories: 2 interchangeable head sculpts, 8 swappable hands, 2 swords, rifle w/ magazine, 6 grenades, 4 hand grenades, 2 pistols w/ removable magazines, display stand, posing arm, and a storage bag.

Non-Scalper Price: $80 dollars
 The Positives:

* Deadpool's articulation is, like most of the One:12 Collective figures, excellent. He feels like the perfect balance between being a super-articulated collectors figure and a toy that can handle being posed and reposed. Deadpool is a fun character and you should have no problems finding plenty of fun and devious things for him to do in your collection.

* While Mezco's film and TV based figures seek to emulate one specific source, their standard comic based figures offer up somewhat of an amalgamation of various costume designs over the years. Deadpool has a pretty standard appearance that is extremely faithful to his modern appearances. The bulk of his costume is crafted from a spandex material while the black parts on the sides are more of a leather-like material. The tailoring is excellent and looks amazing!

* The headsculpt is impressive as well. Deadpool looks pretty pissed here, which is a pretty impressive feat to convey through a mask. There's also a nice wash going on here, too, that brings out so much detail.

* Deadpool's forearms feature some heavy duty gauntlets that feature a great weathered sculpt and paintjob.

* His belt is also really cool. The texture and design of the belt is excellent. I love the black leather-like appearance of the pouches and the ultra cool belt buckle. Also, while I might not consider it a positive, doesn't it seem like Deadpool might be packing a bit more in his trousers than most other One:12ths? Pool would certainly be proud of himself, it seems.

* Deadpool's boots are very, very cool as well. They feature the same weathering and detail as the gauntlets along with some very impressive tactical boots. They even have nice traction on the soles.

* Deadpool comes with eight interchangeable hands that swap out rather easily. Seven of the hands are designed to allow Wade to carry all of his accessories. Included are a pair of fists, a pair of sword grips, a pair of pistol grips, and a right hand posed in a cupped position for tossing grenades.

* The eighth hand is a really fun expressive hand, kind of like some of the hands that came with Captain America. It's a shaka sign! Shaka, brah!

 * For cutting up some fools, Deadpool comes with two swords. They have a very svelte design with very impressive black and red handles.

* Deadpool's assault rifle is pretty slick, too. The sculpt is detailed and is another hit in a long series of great firearms from Mezco. The magazine is removable, too, so you can have some fun posing Deadpool loading up his weapon, too.

* The under-mounted grenade launcher opens up, allowing you to pop in one of the six included grenades.

 * Speaking of the grenades, here they are! Deadpool includes six grenades for his assault rifle that slide into the bandoliers on his shoulders.

* Deadpool also includes four hand grenades. They're simple round incendiary grenades that feature little Deadpool faces on them. Pretty cool, huh? They also easily clip onto Deadpool's belt for storage.

* Deadpool's pistols also feature little Deadpool eyes (one on each side of the grip) and removable magazines.

* Deadpool's dual holsters securely hold the pistols on each hip. They also have some small pouches up top for storing whatever bits and bots Wade might need when out on a mission.

* Mezco has been giving these figures some nice, large display bases and Deadpool's features his unique logo. It's a round plastic base with a plastic foot peg off-centered to give the figure a firmer stance.

 * To carry all of the little accessories and extra hands when not in use, Mezco also gives you a cool branded bag. It's just a simple plastic bag with a Ziploc styled bag, but it's a cool extra.

* There is also an articulated display arm that can be inserted where the peg is (you just have to remove the peg). You can get some great, secure poses here as the joints are very nice and tight on the display bar. It can absolutely support the figure's weight.
 The Negatives:

* This might sound like a strange negative, but I'm not thrilled with Deadpool's second headsculpt. It's a perfectly decent headsculpt with more of squinting appearance, but it's so similar to the main headsculpt. I really wish we would have received something more distinct like an unmasked Wade Wilson head.

* I like Deadpool's bandolier but the positioning seems off. I really think these would have looked better a bit lower on the chest. Being on top of the shoulders makes things seem a bit too busy.

* With Deadpool, Mezco has changed the boxes for the One:12 Collective figures. While the figures have thus far been packaged in a 5-panel box with a magnetic closure, some cool interior artwork, and a slip cover, the new box is a standard window box with a slip cover. It feels a bit less deluxe and not as impressive as what we've been receiving.

 * Deadpool has two non-removable sheathes on his back for his swords. They look awesome with some great sculpting but I really wish they had been removable. They're a bit large (not oversized, though, but just naturally larger considering they hold katanas) and it would be great to have the option to use one, both, or neither of them. I also wish they were applied a bit straighter. The right sheathe seems a bit off, don't you think?

* While I like the holsters, I'm not overly fond of the teeny, tiny strap used to hold the pistol in. it seems like a piece that's destined to break over time if actually utilized.
  Mezco has been delivering solid releases in the One:12 Collective line and I don't think anyone (except those weird folks who still dismiss these figures because they have actual clothing) could argue that Deadpool isn't a solid figure. He absolutely is a great figure with some excellent accessories. What pops up here, though, is that when I pick him I definitely think of lots of things I wish had been included. Simple things like an unmasked head, another crazy big gun, and some of Wade's favorite snacks like some tacos or a chimichanga seem like oversights, particularly considering that Hasbro included them with their $20 dollar Marvel Legends figure over a year ago. While Deadpool is definitely a quality figure, he's one of the first One:12 Collective figures that I definitely feel might be rivaled by a mass market release. He's still a Great figure but if Mezco wants to continue to sell these for $80, they need to pay some attention to what other companies are offering.

This is actually the first Deadpool figure I've reviewed on here. If you're looking for more Marvel Universe One:12 Collective reviews, check out the following:

Captain America
The Punisher 
The Punisher: Fully Loaded


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