In 2020, the Hasbro team celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the first Fox X-Men movie with a set of releases from the Fox franchise - including figures from the original X-Men movie, X-Men Origins and Deadpool 2. Originally planned for SDCC 2020 before Coronavirus caused its cancellation, a further part of the anniversary line was the two pack of Logan and Charles Xavier from the 2017 R rated Logan movie. With SDCC postponed, the set became a Hasbro Pulse Con exclusive and went on sale globally during the Pulse Con virtual event in September 2020.
This review covers the Logan figure in the set, don't forget to check out our corresponding Charles Xavier review.
On arrival you are faced with a fully sealed box, with a glorious front artwork of a silhouetted Logan kneeling to face Charles in his wheelchair. This is overlaid with an outlined X-Men logo, with the Marvel Legends logo in the centre and the Hasbro logo bottom right. It is worth noting on this front cover that the handles of Xavier's wheelchair do keep catching the eye and look like a scratch. There is also some overstickering used on the EU release in the top left corner covering up what we assume is some US only info.
The side panels of the box follow the other Fox X-Men releases with a coloured ice blue backdrop and then another black silhouetted image. Charles Xavier sits on the right spine with Logan on the left.
The back of the box is a repeat of the front with the addition now of a section of safety and legal text at the base of the image.
This outer cover is actually one of the often used sleeves that hasbro do like to employ on their Exclusive sets. The odd thing here is that the sleeve was taped in place and if you don't look for that and try to slide it off with any force it will damage the box.
Beneath the outer sleeve is the full box design for the X-Men line with that ice blue base colour. The front of the box carries a solid black X-Men logo and the character names in white panels. The names for the set are as seen in the movie - so we have Logan (not Wolverine) and Charles Xavier (not Professor X). The figures are set against a lovely yellow backdrop which does make the whole box pop compared to the usual dark colour scheme we have on most Marvel Legends releases.
The side art is the same as we saw above with the silhouette images of Logan and Xavier. This is repeated on the back of the box. There is no inclusion of background text, movie synopsis or even character bios as seen on most other Marvel Legends releases.
The figures are accessed via either side panel and slide out in an inner plastic tray that itself sits in the yellow cardboard backing piece which we can now see carries another X-Men logo as a black outline.
Paint & Sculpt 4.5
Out of the box and Logan is presented in the black suit and white shirt he is wearing for much of the movie. The first thing that strikes you is the head sculpt which is very impressive and a fantastic likeness to Jackman from Logan complete with full beard. The head uses face print technology to add to the realism and this includes some damage and bruising to the face.
The only downside of the head is how the back of the head is cut and how high it sits on the peg. This looks quite unnatural from the side and back.
The costume uses the same legs from the Captain Marvel movie Nick Fury and that were also recently seen on The Collector SDCC figure from 2019. The torso looks new and has been cast in the bulkier proportions for Logan. The suit is simply cast in black and the shirt piece in white with no paint apps applied.
A second head is included that is arguably even better than the first. This is another stunning likeness of Hugh Jackman, and this time round it is very emotive in his angry pose with some very intricate detail painted on the now exposed teeth and open mouth. Like the neutral head, the face print is on point and is inclusive of the bruises and cuts. The head still suffers from the odd shape and line with the neck but less so as the jaw on this is extended thanks to the open mouth.
Swapping the heads out is OK, but I found both a very tight fit and that means it requires a little force to get the heads to sit correctly.
Logan comes with a pair of gripping hands out of the box, and then we have two sets of Adamantium claws included as accessories. These are essentially the same sculpt, and are the same hands from the other Wolverine releases. Both are cast in a skin tone for the hands with a silver look on the claws. The difference in one set is the addition of blood splatter, which is done very very well considering the scale.
These are easy to swap in and out and you can also mix and match so have one hand with claws out and the other not - or one with bloody claws, the other clean.
Logan has a total of 18 points of articulation and therefore is a joy to pose. He can achieve kneeling and action poses - and that all important claws bared pose, which looks great with the screaming head.
Head : ball joint pivot neck
Body : T-Joint chest, rotating waist
Arms : ball joint shoulder, bicep swivel, double joint elbows, wrist pivots
Legs : ball joint hips, thigh swivel, double joint knees, ankle rockers
All the joints work really well. The neck is a bit unusual in terms of the ability to move to the side. As mentioned, I'd have maybe preferred movement here was sacrificed a little for a better look to the back of Logan's head where it does meet the neck peg.
Logan stands fine, and the ankle and knee joints are robustly ratcheted with no looseness to cause any concern. I do like how the figures can pretty much mirror the box artwork with Logan kneeling to look Charles in the eyes as he talks to him. The one thing he can't do properly though is to grip the handles of the Wheelchair - the hands don't quite adjust far enough to hold it fully. The best option is to get Logan in position and to rest the hands on the handles.
The Marvel Legends Logan is potentially the best Hugh Jackman Wolverine figure in the X-Men line to date. While the other releases are more iconic for the Wolverine look, this "old man" Logan movie version is both beautifully sculpted and painted. And it's given some real character with the look sculpted on both heads.
The body is executed fine and I don't mind the re-use of the legs at all considering they do exactly what we want them to do and they match the new upper torso perfectly well. The packaging is perhaps not as spectacular as some SDCC sets we've seen, but I do like the design beneath the outer sleeve will match the other X-Men sets for a cohesive MIB display.
I score Logan from the 2020 SDCC / Hasbro Pulse Con Exclusive 2-Pack a very impressive 4.5
For those who like to swap parts around on your figures, I am pleased to report that the Logan head is fully compatible with the white vest Amazon version. This gives you another "Old Man" Logan look if you want to go down that route. Sadly the younger Wolverine head looks less impressive on the suited body - but it would work for a 2013 Wolverine movie version?
action figures, reviews, review, articulation, marvel, legends, hasbro, pulse, pulsecon, logan, wolverine, charles, xavier, professor X