A couple of years after its release, I finally found a use for one of the 1:18 figures from the Wolverine movie, specifically the Lumberjack Wolverine figure.
Though I’m not a fan of Marvel Superheroes, I decided to buy this figure primarily because of its civilian attire. I need some non-military looking characters in my collection who can serve as either civilians, militiamen or even OpFors.
Lumberjack Wolverine comes with his basic trademark–his retracting claws:
However, instead of looking menacing, the supporting plastic in between the claws make the whole thing appear like an elongated version of the webbed feet of ducks instead:
The saving grace of this figure is a set of normal hands (unlike the others in the series wherein Wolverine gets two sets of hands with extended claws).
In the accessories category, it’s a bit disappointing as he gets only an ax (yeah, I know he’s a lumberjack but perhaps a chainsaw could’ve been also thrown in?)
One unique feature of this figure is the articulation of his upper legs (which in my opinion doesn’t add any value; the Joes’ 25th line articulation is still better).
And one other complaint I have is the way the lower legs are twisted so much that it’s difficult for me to pose Wolverine in a standing position. I have to use a figure stand everytime. I’m not sure if this is only a defect of my action figure or if the others also suffer from this anomaly.
OK, so far, I’ve been ranting. Now let’s go to the good part.
As I’ve said, I like this figure for its potential as an anonymous/non-military addition or even paramilitary figure to my 1:18 collection.
Wolverine’s head has to go, of course. His visage is so well-known it won’t serve well in my dios/photos, unless the concept calls for it.
Here’s one simple custom I did: A private military contractor figure. I used the Pit Commando’s helmet, and utility belt, flak vest and an assault rifle from Marauders.
I used also one of the heads of the Green Shirts.
I also used this figure in a dio depicting Fred VII’s shooting of Cobra Commander.
Over-all, this figure, despite its shortcomings, can still be a good addition in your custom/cannon fodder corner.