A most unexpected surprise find at the flea market on Sunday :)
First I saw what looked like a Hot Toys MMS187 "X-Men: The Last Stand" 1/6 scale Wolverine head sculpt and wondered what I could do with it. Then I came across a loose "X-Men: The Last Stand" 1/6 scale Wolverine costume / outfit with claw hands but no head sculpt at another stall. So I bought both items for SGD $100, brought the items home and this is the outcome. Not bad for something that costs less than USD100 right?
I'm not sure if the 1/6 scale Hugh Jackman as Wolverine head sculpt is authentic Hot Toys Wolverine or a re-cast but it looks really good. I didn't get the Hot Toys MMS187 "X-Men: The Last Stand" 1/6 scale Wolverine Limited Edition 12-inch Collectible Figure (see pictures HERE) because I didn't like the way Hot Toys kept increasing their prices and decided to make a stand (pun intended). I always say "Not happy, don't buy" so I didn't. In the end, paying less than USD100 for a "X-Men: The Last Stand" Wolverine 12-inch figure is just too good to resist and I am most happy with the end result. Scroll down to see more pictures \(^o ^)/
To be honest, I also don't know the origins of this 1/6 scale X-Men Wolverine costume. I know it's not by Hot Toys and not by Medicom Toys either (see the Medicom Wolverine pictures HERE). I even looked up Marvel Studios 12-inch Wolverine figure and this doesn't look like it either. Whatever the case, I'm pretty pleased with it as it also came with the Wolverine claws for the complete look.
Since Hugh Jackman's debut and first appearance as Wolverine in 2000, he has continually played the role for the last 13 years, with his latest turn in "The Wolverine" which has just been released in cinemas and movie theaters worldwide. He has played the role most convincingly even though he is actually too tall to be Wolverine as the character in the Marvel comics was really short. You can bet Hugh Jackman will be back as Wolverine in "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Wolverine is a mutant with a number of both natural and artificial improvements to his physiology. His primary mutant power is an accelerated healing process, typically referred to as his mutant healing factor, that regenerates damaged or destroyed tissues of his body far beyond the capabilities of an ordinary human. This power facilitated the artificial improvements he was subjected to under the Weapon X program (in later comics called the Weapon Plus program), in which his skeleton was reinforced with the virtually indestructible metal adamantium.
Wolverine's mutation also consists of animal-like adaptations of his body, including pronounced, and sharp fang-like canines and three retractable claws housed within each forearm. While originally depicted as bionic implants created by the Weapon X program, the claws are later revealed to be a natural part of his body.
Wolverine's hands do not have openings for the claws to move through: they cut through his flesh every time he extrudes them, with occasional references implying that he feels a brief moment of slight pain in his hands when he unsheathes them.
Although his body heals, the healing factor does not suppress the pain he endures while injured. Wolverine's healing factor also affects a number of his physical attributes by increasing them to superhuman levels. His stamina is sufficiently heightened to the point he can exert himself for numerous hours, even after exposure to powerful tranquilizers.
Wolverine's senses of sight, smell, and hearing are all superhumanly acute. He can see with perfect clarity at greater distances than an ordinary human, even in near-total darkness. His hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, allowing him to both hear sounds ordinary humans cannot and also hear to greater distances. Wolverine is able to use his sense of smell to track targets by scent, even if the scent has been eroded somewhat over time by natural factors.
Here's a closer look at the 1/6 scale Hugh Jackman as Wolverine head sculpt as seen in "X-Men: The Last Stand". The quality of the head sculpts (including the paint work) has improved tremendously ot the point where they are now very life-like and realistic looking. Sometimes one can't tell if they are looking at a photograph of the actor / actual person or collectible toy figure
During his time in Japan and other countries, Wolverine becomes a master of virtually all forms of martial arts and is experienced in virtually every fighting style on Earth. He is proficient with most weaponry, including firearms, though he is partial to bladed weapons. He is also an accomplished pilot and highly skilled in the field of espionage and covert operations.
Wolverine will sometimes lapse into a "berserker rage" while in close combat. In this state he lashes out with the intensity and aggression of an enraged animal and is even more resistant to psionic attack. Despite his apparent ease at taking lives, he does not enjoy killing or giving in to his berserker rages. Logan adheres to a firm code of personal honor and morality.
Wolverine is frequently depicted as a gruff loner, often taking leave from the X-Men to deal with personal issues or problems. He is often irreverent and rebellious towards authority figures, though he is a reliable ally and capable leader.
Wolverine is one of the very few X-Men characters to be included in every media adaptation of the X-Men franchise, including film, television, and computer and video games, and he has also starred in his own video games (e.g. X2: Wolverine's Revenge and X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
November 20, 2008 - Hugh Jackman / Wolverine named 'People's Sexiest Man' for 2008 posted HERE
November 22, 2008 - Marvel Comics Wolverine by Medicom Toys HERE
May 5, 2009 - Wolverine on top (group shots / pictures HERE)
January 15, 2010 - Hot Toys "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Reviews HERE, HERE and HERE
July 19, 2013 - Evolution of Wolverine: Every Costume Logan's ever worn in almost 40 years (1974 – 2013) HERE
July 20, 2013 - The Price of being Wolverine, then and now infographic posted HERE