I started the Amazing Yamaguchi Marvel line like a wide-eyed kid in a candy store. Full of wonder and excitement. Deadpool and Spider-Man introduced me to a new style. Different, but awesome. Then Venom showed up, yanked me away from the counter, and told me no more sweets. I was so disappointed that I never opened Spider-Gwen, which I hear is actually a pretty fantastic figure. But now there is Wolverine, who pushed me back into the shop and said “Hey, eat all ya like, I’ll cover the dentist bills.”
It’s not that I hated Venom, it just doesn’t seem to be up to par with the rest of the line. Mine had QC issues and the size isn’t what I was expecting. Plus for some reason, perhaps due to some mental block on my part, it doesn’t move like it should. He can’t get all Venomy. Again, probably my own doing.
But Wolverine brings that back around. The Amazing Yamaguchi honeymoon is definitely over but this one was like a renewal of vows. You know what you’re getting into this time around. It’s not so surprising and tingly. You’ve had fights and separations and downs, but you’ve both changed and grown and are ready to make a go of it again.
I’m fairly sure I didn’t wake up so metaphorical this morning.
Anyway, Wolvie brought that appreciation for the Revoltech movement and Amazing Yamaguchi aesthetic back. Like always, you either hate it or love it, blah blah blah. This is very reminiscent of the Marvel vs Capcom design, which I may or may not spent too much time playing back in the day, even with my aversion to fighting games unless in a social setting. To top it off, the shoulder pads do a great job of hiding what I feel is the most apparent (some say ugly) joints in the line, the shoulders. Huge win.
Basically, if you are aware of the Amazing Yamaguchi line in any way and have any experience with Revoltech joints, you know what you’re getting. You gotta work for poses. Hide the gappy parts while messing with it. Stylized. Very, very stylized. If it’s your thing, you’ll love Wolverine, who is now my favorite in the line (I still haven’t opened Spider-Gwen.) It even made me pull the old ones down to mess with. But if you don’t like any of those things, you’re going to hate this figure, along with the rest.
I like a Wolverine figure more than a Deadpool figure. It doesn’t sound odd, I do like Wolvie, but more than Deadpool? Weird.
Head options (neutral, grimace, scream):
Claws (fit in fists and splayed hands):
Custom cigar (since the prototype cigar was removed):