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Deadpool Legends
by yo go re

I just had a thought: what if, instead of Josh Brolin, Fox had gotten Jim Carrey to play Cable? That might have been the most meta, Deadpooliest thing Deadpool 2 could have done!

A powerful mercenary, Cable uses telekinetic abilities and combat expertise to get the job done.

This Marvel Legends series is based entirely on Deadpool and his friends and associates, which just proves that Deadpool needs more friends: here we are, getting a new Cable action figure, when we just got one a few series ago. Yes, Cable's in the movie and so making a toy of him makes financial sense, but how many Cable figures do we really need? Was anyone clamoring for more? Really, though, it's more that we didn't need the last one than that we don't need this one. Just a question of timing, I guess.

While the previous Cable was a fairly modern incarnation of the character, this is a classic design, taken straight from the early-90s heyday of the character. The base of the body is the same as Nuke, because a big guy wearing pants and military boots is a big guy wearing pants and military boots. Instead of an armored vest, this one is clad in a blue shirt with humongous shoulder pads, a wide belt with straps running over his shoulders, and a thick collar with an X-logo pad on the chest. He gets big gloves that are created by putting new floating pieces over the forearms.

This is based on a costume Cable wore back in the day - first there was the blue vest look, then some completely generic, non-descript armor no one ever bothers to remember, and then this thing. Presumably it was designed by Rob Liefeld, though he barely ever drew it: its first-ever appearance was on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #272, followed by New Mutants #97 (both part of the "X-Tinction Agenda" crossover, though he never wore the costume anywhere in that story). It was on the cover of X-Force #1, then a Mike Mignola-drawn pin-up in X-Force #4, finally appears inside a book with issue #7... then Liefeld leaves for Image and it's never seen again. Yet the fact that it was adapted for his appearances on the X-Men cartoon and for the first Cable action figure in 1992 make it one of the most pop-culturally familiar things Cable's ever worn.

The head, if we had to venture a guess, would be based on X-Force #7: though he has the big antenna-lookin' earpiece as seen on the Jim Lee cover, the face is pure Liefeld, with the flared snarl and all those lines on his face. They did something really cool with the bionic eye, however: rather than just painting it a solid color, like all the previous Cables have done, this time it's a separate mold representing the flare of light shining from it, all spiky and semi-translucent. That's really cool work!

Cable gets all the articulation the big body usually gets, though since his vest dealie is a separate piece and not part of the sculpt, his chest just moves inside it, rather than it moving with him; that is to say, you can bend him forward, but the shoulder pads will stay right where they are. The belt is such a tight fit that if you turn his waist too far, the accessory just pops open where it's plugged together in the back. Although, since the collar isn't glued on either, you could remove all that stuff for a more casual Cable if you truly wanted to. You know, a "hanging around the base before a mission" Cable. Just the ear-antenna would break the illusion.

GUNS! Cable got 'em. Still nothing outsizes the monster ToyBiz's Cable carried, but this one goes for quantity instead. There's a big rifle that's sculpted with deep scratches on the thick, boxy barrel and can be pegged onto the figure's back when he's not using it, a small (ie, "only as long as his forearm") pistol that can hang in the loop on his belt, and a slightly larger revolver. All three of them are molded in a really nice color, a dark yet metallic blue-grey that isn't something you normally see on toys, and it looks great. They're not anything Liefeld specifically drew (by virtue of having details and being gun-shaped, rather than formless metal blobs), but they're exactly the types of things you'd expect Cable to use.

If all that '90s awesomeness weren't enough, Cable also gets a piece of this series' Build-A-Figure. The figure is Sasquatch, and the piece is the left leg.

Reviewing Deadpool, we complained that he had no accessories, and so felt like a bad value for the money. But if all the money taken from his budget was swung over here to Cable, it was worth it! This is, no question, the best Cable figure ever released.

-- 05/12/18

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