Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Deadpool review!
Deadpool a.k.a Wade Wilson is a fictional comic book character, an anti-hero who appears in Marvel Comics.
Created by artist/writer Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool originally appeared in The New Mutants #98 way back in February 1991.
He was supposed to be a super-villain when he made his first appearance and in later X-Men comics, but somehow found his way in becoming the quintessential anti-hero.
Deadpool has been depicted as a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with similar superhuman abilities as Wolverine- a "healing factor", peak physical strength and agility.
He has earned the moniker the "Merc with a Mouth" because of his dry wit and absurdist behaviour, and the fact that he tends to break the fourth wall in comics.
After a questionable portrayal of the character in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, actor Ryan Reynolds reprised the role to critical acclaim in last year's Deadpool movie.
He is set to portray the character again in Deadpool II.
Mezco Deadpool comes packaged in a slipcover box, with a tray to store the figure and accessories, and also comes with a stand and a plastic zip-lock bag.
But unlike the previous Mezco figures, the box does not come with a covered window-panel. Whether or not Mezco plans to make this a consistent feature for future figures, only time can tell. But its still pretty much collector-friendly.
Mezco Deadpool comes with:
- 2 Head portraits (Classic head, Squinting head)
- 6 interchangeable hands
-Harness with sheaths for katanas which also holds 40mm style grenades - Belt with sculpted pouches and logo also holds hand grenades - Thigh holsters for handguns - Sculpted boots - Machine gun - 6 40mm style grenades (fits in the grenade launcher chamber) - 2 Hand guns with removable ammo clip - 4 Hand grenades - 2 Katanas - One:12 Collective display base with logo - One:12 Collective adjustable display post
I generally like this figure, mainly because its apparent that Mezco took heed of criticisms and feedback with regards to their previous figures and incorporated some new designs which have helped in making Deadpool stand out in terms of design and detail.
The two head sculpts may look quite similar at a cursory glance; but if you pay close attention the devil is indeed in the details- the different in "facial expression" becomes evident when you try Deadpool out in various poses and focus on taking shots of the head sculpt.
I also appreciate the fact that while the harness might hinder his articulation, the leathery-like fabric which is a part of his costume does not. You can stretch his arms and legs to form various poses with relative ease (although I would caution anyone who has him to not stretch his arms beyond 45 degrees).
I'm really happy that Mezco addressed the issue of the (lack of) ankle and knee joint pivot for the Punisher and Commander Rogers figures, as Deadpool has no problem bending his knees or crouching.
And the figure itself feels sturdier than previous releases for some reason (or it may just be me?) but that kinda gives you more confidence and to some extent less worry when it comes to playing around with him.
Posing around the figure was definitely enjoyable and this Deadpool excels in fulfilling every collector's ideal "merc-with-a-mouth" figure. I guess my only gripe is that I wished it came with an unmasked head. No worries, there's always room for improvisation :)
While Mezco has released the X-men blue Deadpool variant, and is scheduled to release the PX Previews exclusive Deadpool X-Force version, fans of the classic character should opt for this one. Its quintessential Deadpool in red, loaded with weapons and Katanas.
OVERALL SCORE- 8/10
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