Hey! You! Yeah, you! The one reading this. That’s right. I know what you’re doing. You’re probably sittin’ on the John, bored out of your mind and thought to yourself, “I’ll go check out what’s going on at Nerdbastards.” And the first thing you see is this beautiful man-doll. Sure, you can call it an action figure, but that’s just an excuse for saying you really play with dolls. Anyways, what you’re looking at is a 1/6th scale model of Deadpool. That’s right. The dual sword wielding, pistol packing, grenade lobbing sociopath is now available for you to own, put on display, or touch yourself with. Whatever you decide to do with it, it’ll bring you or a loved one such great joy and a smile so big that cheek cramps are a real possibility. So what are you waiting for? You see that red link right below? Click it and keep reading. You’d only be doing yourself a disservice by not reading. Wait, you’re really going to click on it? Really? Alright! You’re welcome!
Now that wasn’t so hard was it? Didn’t think so. As you can see, our awesome friends at Sideshow have sent us something new to review. The Merc with a mouth has made it’s way to the Nerdbastards and we’re going to tell you everything there is to know about it. Alright, enough blabbering. On with the review!
Emblazoned on the front of the box is Deadpool, front and center, giving a thumbs up, all faded under a red and black filter. He’s there, staring at you, quietly judging your life choices – whilst possibly thinking about water parks and little people skipping through a field with pinwheels in their hands. Least that’s how I read his expression. The exact same shot of Deadpool is featured more clearly on the back of the box, and in this case, in black & white (for dramatic effect, of course).
Taking eyes off the graphics, I was struck at the size of the box – particularly how small it is compared to other Sideshow/Hot Toys figures. I think back to the Spider-Man figure from TASM 2, which is a figure approx the same shape and size of Deadpool, and the box on that was at least a quarter larger all around. Of course, the size of ones box doesn’t really matter, it’s what in the box that matters, right? I only talk size as it observance on how Sideshow has changed their packaging – smaller boxes means they’ve altered the way they have compartmentalized it’s contents – and they have!
Slipping the shoebox-style cover off, there’s a graphical insert of Deadpool’s logo designed around a target, reminding everyone the mercenary life isn’t an easy one. The inner sides of the box displays Deadpools name spelled across what almost looks like a tombstone-type design. Groovy.
Removing the insert, there he is – in all his glory – laying there in a foam lattice all wrapped up in plastic (I always knew Deadpool was into a little light bondage), with his accessories laid in another foam layer beneath. For the unaware, past collectible figures such as this have been housed in plastic trays with a vacu-formed covering enclosed over it. This layered foam is a first (least as far as I know). I suppose it protects the figure just the same, it’s just different. I think the intention here was to reduce costs on packaging materials, I mean, obviously.
Does this alteration to packaging really change impressions or overall quality of the product? No, it doesn’t. It features the same awesome box art and same attention to protecting figures (with no twist ties or plastic to cut through, mind you. And that’s a beautiful thing) as with any Sideshow/Hot Toys collectible – just tighter and more practical. In fact, I for one, prefer this. Dealing with foam is easier than plastic – it stays intact. I’ve had many occasions where I’ve put plastic trays aside and have stepped on, sat on, or crushed with my hand when setting things aside and playing with/examining figure. So, I guess what I am saying is: “yay foam”?
Let’s go ahead and acknowledge the fact that this isn’t Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool from the upcoming movie. Because a figure based on that design was clearly not approved (yet) by Sony, Sideshow decided to go their own way and create a figure of their own inspired design.
Deadpool stands 12 inches tall, about the same scale as a Chipotle burrito (mmm’ burritos). And well, he looks like Deadpool – red mask and red and black threads. The only thing is, and I could be wrong here, but there are parts of this costume that don’t look familiar to anything featured in the comics or other media. The basic design is there, got the right red and black pattern and what not. It’s the add-ons like; studded shoulder pads & knee pads, leather pads on the elbows, arm braces and 1940’s military-type boots (did Deadpool raid Captain America’s locker?) that are, as far as I’m aware, completely unique to this figure. The dude has an accelerated healing factor, he doesn’t need (or care) to have any part of his body protected! I’d say all those extra pieces of garb come off , and the majority of them do, but those stinkin’ shoulder pads are fastened to the costume, there’s no removing them. Had they been able to come off, there would be a option to go bare bones and get a more classic design.
The outfit is 100% hand tailored with a stitch embroidered pattern in the black areas and a dark shaded wash over the red parts. The suit is maybe a little too loose on the figure. Not that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool costume should be the point of comparison, but I think a skin tight suit is what has always been pictured when thinking about the character and how he’s been seen in the comics. This reads more “jumpsuit”, if anything.
The true detail lays within the suit’s harness – the belt, leg, and chest strappings. There are gun holsters, magazine clip holders, utility pouches, and so on. All made of a bonded leather, hand stitched, and feature metal fasteners and hooks. It all adds to the flavor and realism of the costume.
Deadpool comes with not one but two sculpted (plastic) heads each featuring a unique expression. The first is a fairly static and serious looking Deadpool; looking like he’s ready to kill something. And the second… well let’s just say its the looks like he just saw your internet browser history and discovered what a sick bastard you are (For shame!). You’d think plastic heads atop a body covered in 95% cloth material would stick out like a sore thumb (and in some regard they do) but their so so much life and character you hardly notice. They are well painted (nice shadowing/wash), well detailed (look at the stitching around the eyes), and well… generally awesome.
The pose-ability of the figure is also quite nice. Though the costume (its thickness and tightness of seams) does prevent a fuller range of motion. You’re not gonna get that complete YMCA photoshoot you we’re hoping for, but there are plenty of poses and display options to be had. If there was a version of Kama Sutra that showed various bodily positions best opt for killin’ people (I’d buy that for a dollar), this figure could do about 70% of those poses before it pulls a hammy and asks for a taco break.
This figure is packed with tons of goodies, including long and short stabbing weapons (katanas & knife) , two bitchin’ pistols, a Whoop Ass-ault rifle, and Big Boomin’ Balls. The quality of which is a tad inconsistent. Take for example one of the handguns, which is detailed enough to cockback mimicking the chambering of a round. Details like that are what make figures like this beyond any mere collectible (the devil is in the detail). But then there are those katanas, which are just heaps of plastic – they should have had a chrome finish or real looking material in the hilts.
Perhaps the best accessory is this figure’s ability to break the 4th wall…
THE NOT SO GOOD STUFF (aka Constructive Criticism)
Very disappointed that out of the two heads, not one of them is unmasked (or partially unmasked) His cancer ridden hamburger lookin’ face is essential to the character – he wears a mask to hide his face, as to not scare children and the elderly suffering from overly relaxed sphincters. That means I wanna see it, I need to see it. How an actual face sculpt wasn’t considered in the design pitch I have no idea.
The choice of accessories, or rather the lack there off will leave die-hard fans scratching their chin. Seriously, no teleport belt? That should have been a give in. Or how about Dogpool as an accessory? Maybe a pair a comical Hulk hands, a rubber chicken, or even a tutu. And couldn’t someone have given this man a goddamn Chimichanga or at least some tacos (his favorite food)? Point is, there is so much more they could have included to up the fun factor and be in the spirit of Deadpool. The thought bubbles and clutch phrases don’t atone enough for the lack of thought here.
The suit is bothersome as well. It’s just clunky, limits movement, and makes the figure feel like a slightly more detailed and significantly more expensive upscale version of a Mego doll. Though it does photograph well. It’s kind of like those supermodels you see in public… they’re weird and kind of homely looking, but throw some make up on them and stick em’ on a photo set and suddenly they’re jaw-droppingly beautiful. Much like said glamour models, this figure photographs better than it actual looks in person.
My PR contact with Sideshow will kill me for saying this (here’s hoping they appreciate honesty), but I’ve seen better custom made Hot Toys inspired Deadpool figures, including this one from Tony Mei. I didn’t include a picture here out of respect to Sideshow Collectibles, but I’ll say the skin-fitting suit and design (and unmasked alternative head) from Tony was more in homage to the character. That’s what we should have gotten here. That’s not to say Tony’s figure is better (it isn’t), just acknowledging the need for a unmasked head sculpt and skin tight body suit.
This figure does cost $225. Now, that’s a lot of Chimichanga’s, and some people after reading this review may think the latter the better purchase decision. This is still, though, a solid figure. While many fans will surely want a Deadpool figure modeled after Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming movie, this figure is, for now, in the upper echelon of Deadpool toys.
There’s a lot of Deadpool merch out there, a lot of figures and statues, but this top of the crop. It does capture the bravado, buffoonery, and general badassery exceedingly well. I wouldn’t say it’s everything you could possibly want out of a Deadpool figure but its pretty damn close. You will have to resist the temptation of taking co-op buddy photos with him on your adventures together and cut together a Facebook video montage set to the song “you’re my best friend”, ’cause that may actually happen.
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