by: Andy Brazier [ ]
IPMS-UK KitMaker Branch
Wolverine is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
The character first appeared in Incredible Hulk No-180 (October 1974) and was created by writer Len Wein and Marvel art director John Romita Sr., who designed the character, and was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe.
Wolverine later joined the X-Men's "All New, All Different" roster in Giant-Size X-Men No-1 (May 1975). X-Men writer Chris Claremont played a significant role in the character's subsequent development as well as artist/writer John Byrne, who insisted on making the character older than the other X-Men. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped to revise the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982 in which Wolverine's catch phrase, "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice," debuted.
This kit is based on the Wolverine character from the X-Men films, who was played by Hugh Jackman.
Packed in the now familiar tin box, the kit is sandwiched between two foam inserts, so it is well protected. Also inside the box is a plastic plinth emblazoned with the Marvel logo. A character bio card is also included, which is printed in Spanish. On the reverse side is the Limited edition number, of which mine reads 485, which is pretty close to the end of the 500 piece production run. Knight Models website actually have this kit as sold out, but there should be some still in circulation (I purchased mine from El Greco Miniatures).
Casting is up to the usual excellent standard from Knight Models, and is cast in white metal. There is no flash present but there is a small stub, on each of the torso's on the left shoulder from where a pour plug has been removed. A quick swipe with a file should take care of it.
The head has the large sideburns and customary scowl of Wolverine. The hair has the combed back into points look.
The torso comes as two optional parts. One part has him dressed in a skintight, short sleeved t/shirt, which shows off his muscular chest and abbs (never thought I would write that in a review lol ). The second torso has him dressed with his trademark fur lined leather jacket, undone to show the t/shirt. The casting for the fur is nicely done, and has a slightly rough texture to it. Both poses for the torso's are the same.
The legs are dressed in jeans, with recessed lines for the seams along both sides of the legs. A belt and cowboy boots finish them off.
The six blades are very thin and delicate, and attached to pour plugs. Removing them should be pretty easy with a sharp knife.
The base has some rough texture to simulate ground cover and a tree stump.
The pose of the figure is quite natural. He is standing with one foot on the tree stump with his arms in front of him, blades extracted, whilst looking slightly down to his right.