Updated: Dec 13, 2020
In 2020, Hasbro released their first Marvel Legends from the Fox Marvel Movie Universe. The figures celebrated 20 years of the X-Men Universe and alongside a number of X-Men releases were four figures from Deadpool 2. Cable and Domino were single release figures, while Deadpool was packed with Negasonic Teenage Warhead in a two pack.
Checkout the corresponding review for Deadpool
The X-Men movie figures do not subscribe to the usual Marvel Legends packaging design and instead are in rectangular squared off boxes. The Deadpool figures use a red base colour (obviously) with the figures set against a light grey backdrop in the window. An X-Men logo is built into this cardback.
In true Deadpool style, the box is covered in Deadpool scrawl with the real names of the two character crossed out and Deadpool and Negasonic Teenage Warhead scrawled next to them. The X-Men logo to the bottom corner - and on top of the box - has an oversticker of the Deadpool logo over them, complete with a crease where it has been put on out of line.
Rather than utilise character art on the side spines, the X-Men set use very impactful silhouette images with Negasonic on the right hand side and Deadpool on the left. These images are repeated on the reverse. There is no background text or checklist of other releases, which does leave the back and sides very samey in terms of design.
Negasonic is sculpted as seen in Deadpool 2 in her X-Men uniform. The head sculpt is one of the weaker female sculpts for some time, an area Hasbro usually excel in. The head shape is a bit wide and the hair does not reach the same height or style as we see on screen. The likeness to Brianna Hildebrand is there, but it's not nailed on, and the face print tech utilised does not give the wow we've had on other figures. The earing on her left ear is good detail, but the head itself is cropped a little too high on the back of the neck vs the neck itself.
The X-Men uniform is pretty much as seen on screen. It is black in base colour with the yellow painted over the top on the chest and stripes on the thighs. Yellow paint is never the easiest to apply and there are some coverage issues on the seams around the hips
There is silver detail on the shoulders, forearm sections and the studded belt. The X-Men logo is sculpted as a relief and then painted with the X symbol in the same yellow as the top. This should be a darker, brighter shade of yellow and on my figure it has been painted off centre.
While the set itself is packed full of accessories, most are for Deadpool and the only items specifically for Negasonic Teenage Warhead are a pair of alternative hands and some of those generic energy wrap pieces.
The hands give you the options for a pair of fists, a pair of open hands or a combination of the two. Like the body all the hands are cast in black plastic with the yellow of the uniform and flesh tone of the fingers painted on top. While the forearms are very slim, the hands are still fitted with a substantial peg and swapping them in and out is without issue.
The energy FX pieces are cast in a rubbery translucent yellow material. They are designed to wrap around the forearm and hands and once done they do tend to stay in place unless the figure is knocked or handled. The premise of the FX pieces is OK, but the whole point of Negasonic Teenage Warheads powers is her full body is charged with energy for use as an attack. For me a few more pieces are needed to try and recreate the onscreen effect.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead has a total articulation count of 16 joints.
Head : ball joint neck with pivot
Body : torso ball joint
Arms : ball joint shoulder, single rotating elbow, wrist pivot
Legs : ball joint hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, ankle pivot
The head is fully mobile, although moving it round exposes the peg under the nec and the shape of the back of the head is not aesthetically pleasing. The joint in the torso allows for upper torso rotation and to lean the figure back - but it will not go forward due to the shape of its design.
Arms are mobile without any costume or armour to interfere. The elbow joints are singular and bend to 90 degrees and no further. Even with the thin forearms, there are still pivots in the wrists allowing them to bend and rotate.
The legs are fine too, with double jointed knees and the ability to sit or kneel if you wish. The ankle rockers work really well and are tight and secure - as are all the joints - allowing the figure to be stood and posed very easily.
It is probably fair to say that Negasonic Teenage Warhead was never designed to be the star of this set, nor would we have been likely to get her in figure form outside of a multi-set format with a bigger player like Deadpool alongside.
The packaging design does just scream Deadpool and is quite fun. The artwork is striking but repeating the same images on the sides and back of box feels like a miss and I would have liked to have seen a movie poster or bio like the First Ten Year sets instead.
The figure execution is pretty good. The head is not an exact likeness and not to the standard we've seen recently on female figures like Black Widow or Scarlet Witch. Paint is quite basic and it is a shame that with such a small amount of decor there are issues on my figure such as the misaligned X-Men logo on the chest and coverage around the yellow on the thighs. The FX pieces are more of a part Hasbro already had and have thrown in, and are not really reflective of her powers.
Taking everything into account, I score Negasonic Teenage Warhead an above average total of 3.0
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