Friday, May 31, 2024

Action Figure Review: Patch & Joe Fixit from Marvel Legends Series: Wolverine by Hasbro


   Today I'm checking out the last of the four Wolverine 50th Anniversary 2-packs from Hasbro's Marvel Legends Series: Patch and Joe Fixit. When your significant other sees you grabbing this set and says "Do you really need another Wolverine and another Incredible Hulk?" you can just point to the fact that this 2-pack doesn't come with Wolverine or Hulk. That's Patch and Joe Fixit. Of all four Wolverine sets that have come out for the 50th, this set has the most desirable Wolverine variant and the least desirable non-Wolverine figure. I like the Hulk, don't get me wrong, but I already had the BAF Joe Fixit and another one just came out pretty recently. He does look cool chilling with Patch in a white tux, though, but he wasn't a character or variant I really felt I needed. Based on Wolverine #8 from 1988 and that great John Buscema cover, this set definitely makes sense, though, and I imagine it'll still be a brisk seller even though more people want Patch than Joe. Ready to check out these two tough guys in their snazziest dud? Then join me after the break...

The Facts: Patch

Height: 5 3/4 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, swivel waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders,  swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: 4 swappable hands and 2 swappable portraits.

The Facts: Joe Fixit

Height: 8 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/ hinge knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders,  swivel/ hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: 4 swappable hands and 2 swappable portraits.

Non-Scalper Price: $60 dollars.


* This version of Joe Fixit is on the left while the 2020 BAF version of Joe Fixit is on the right. There's definitely some reuse here, mostly the lower body, torso (with an augmented coat and new tie), and arms, but the colors make this new one stand out more. I actually sold my BAF Joe Fixit after acquiring this one and snapping some pictures as I really only feel like I need one.

The Positives:

* Did anyone else get really excited when we saw a peek at patch during the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer? I've wanted a Patch figure for quite sometime and I love seeing him in the white tuxedo. It's just such a fun, cool look for Wolverine that's so different from how you usually picture the character. As far as I'm aware this is an all new body since we've not had anyone this size sporting a suit or a tux before. The white is nice and bright and the non-removable jacket looks like it's tailor made for ol' Patch.

* There hasn't been a bad headsculpt for Logan in this series and the Patch heads continue the trend of excellence. First up is a great portrait with Logan kind of have smirking. He's either a bit amused or just about to pop out his claws and show some bad guys why you don't mess with Patch. The titular eyepatch also looks really good. 

* Fantastic hair again, too. There's a lot of detail and Wolverine's do looks suitably wild. 

* The second portrait shows off Patch looking pretty grumpy. He's just about to let loose and go into full blow "pissed off" mode. Check out how angry he appears just from checking out his sole visible eye!

* Wolverine might not have a license to kill, but that's not about to stop him. He's sporting his adamantium claws and they look excellent. 

* He has two pair of swappable hands: His clawed fists and some regular fists, both of which swap out easily. 

* As far as I can tell, other than maybe his hands, Wolverine is an all new figure. He's has the newer styled pinless knee and elbow joints and everything moves quite smoothly. Patch is missing the pec hinges, but that's somewhat of a necessary evil due to his tuxedo jacket. Yeah, some of the Indiana Jones Adventure Series figures had pec hinges/ butterfly joints and jackets, but they didn't always look quite as nicely as they could have. So, yeah, the tux jacket is a bit restrictive but it works.

* There is definitely something appealing about the size disparity between the two figures in this set. Patch is naturally a bit shorter and Joe Fixit is just tall and massive. I've heard people comment that the original John Buscema cover this set is based on was inspired by the power for the movie Twins. Is it possible?

* While there's a lot of reuse here, having lighter grey skin and a white tuxedo definitely separates Joe Fixit from the other versions released. He's not sporting a black bowtie instead of a necktie. The jacket is slightly different as it doesn't have a pocket square, so maybe Hasbro augmented this digitally? This is a large figure of the Hulk in a tuxedo. You kind of know what to expect here, right?

* I really like the portraits here. This is just a pretty unfriendly looking headsculpt, isn't it? Joe Fixit just looks like he's sick and tired of dealing with Patch's nonsense. The work on the hair and the shading on the skin is quite impressive. 

* Does Joe Fixit get angry? You better believe it! Check out those teeth! This is a wonderful angry Hulk portrait. Joe Fixit smash!

* Joe Fixit's shoes are still pretty swanky. I love the detail! Only the best for Joe.

* Four swappable hands are included as well: A right hand pistol grip, a grappling left hand, and a pair of fists. They swap out easily and give us a nice amount of posing options. I do wish we had something to put in that trigger grip hand, though.

* Like with Patch, Joe Fixit Hulk does have some restricted movement due to his jacket covering his torso joints. He's also only sporting swivel hinge knees and elbows rather than newer double joints. Still, he moves OK. Probably about as much as you'd expect the Hulk to move in formalwear. He's a big, chunky, durable guy.

   I do like this set, partially for the excellent Patch figure and partially because of the sheer novelty of having Wolverine and the Hulk hanging out in tuxedos. Both figures are well done with fantastic headsculpts, though a few more hands and some accessories would have been very welcome. The set feels a bit light. Still, it's a Great set and it feels like one that some folks might snooze on now but that could gain some popularity later. I'm glad I jumped on it as these guys look excellent together. 


 Interested in more of Wolverine, AKA Logan, AKA James Howlett, AKA Patch? Then check out my reviews of the Marvel Legends Retro Collection Wolverine (Strike Force), Marvel Legends Series Wolverine & Lilandra Neramani,  Logan vs SabretoothLogan & Psylocke, and the Juggernaut BAF Series Wolverine, and the Marvel Legends Retro Series Wolverine.

If you're looking for more of Bruce Banner/ the Incredible Hulk/ Joe Fixit, I've also reviewed the Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes Hulk from Disney Infinity 2.0, the Marvel Legends 20th Anniversary Hulk, and the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Age of Ultron Hulk.

For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro
Yelena Belova

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange

Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) 
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Mr. Fantastic
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Hasbro (2023)
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Captain Marvel & Rescue Armor

Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro (2017)
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: Marvel Knights (2023)

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Silk by Hasbro
Silk and Doc Ock

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Spider-Man by Hasbro
Hallow's Eve
King in Black: Knull and Venom

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: Thor by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Thor: Love and Thunder by Hasbro (2022)
Mighty Thor

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: Wolverine by Hasbro
Wolverine & Lilandra Neramani
Wolverine & Psylocke

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)

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