Monday, March 12, 2018

LEGION TOYS: Timber Wolf (Mattel 12-Pack)

by Derek William Crabbe
Brin Londo a.k.a Timber Wolf was sporting a Dave Cockrum designed Wolf-Man hairdo long before a certain two-bit Hulk villain burst onto the X-scene! But that's not the only thing they shared in common! Much like that hairy Berserker who calls everybody Bub pined away for Cyclops' girl, Brin was also macking on Lightning Lad's girl, Saturn Girl, when they all thought they were gonna croak in space!

Timber Wolf is on the "tween" Kamandi buck.  The buck is a fairly blank one that relies upon the paint applications to distinguish between boots, gloves and trunks. Of course, the most unique aspect of the sculpt is the head.  The Dave Cockrum Wolf-Man 'do is expertly crafted and the pupil-less eyes seem to be as much a part of the sculpt as the paint application.  Brin has a devil-may-care smirk and pointed eye brows that seem to say, "Go ahead punk, I dare you. I double-dare you."

There are 24-points of articulation that I count on Timber Wolf. Head moves from left to right, and slightly up and down. His arms can move up and down, as well as rotate in a circular fashion. There are bicep cuts that swivel, joints at the elbow, and the fists can rotate as well. He has an ab-crunch that moves in an approximately 30/70 ratio. He has a waist swivel. His legs move up and he can also do the splits. Swivels are just above the knee. Knee joints and ankle rockers complete the standard articulation.

The paint is very well done. The Blacks help to discern the gloves, boots, trunks, and shoulders; the Oranges make up the arms, chest, and legs. You can tell the forearms were black plastic, with orange overlay at the upper portion of the forearm as some black paint seeps through the arm articulation circles or joints. The opposite is true of the black painted over the orange plastic on the chest, where you can see some Orange bleed through where the shoulder meets the clavicles. The grey tampos that showcase the Timber Wolf emblem and the triangle on his belt-buckle area are well done and look tight and sharp. Also it must be noted that the Gold flight ring paint really pops out from the black plastic of the right fist of the figure. The paint applications for the face are excellent. From the white pupils, to the brown Piter De Vries eyebrows and Wolf-Man locks, everything is on point and awesome!

What else can I say, but another excellent figure from the Matty 12-pack! Until Furball has an epic showdown with the Cro-Magnon Wolverine in action figure form,  make mine Timber Wolf!

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