Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series X-Men Juggernaut wave Cable. I love the Cable character, but was not super excited about this figure when it was first released and I saw the pictures. Now that I have this figure in hand, I’ve completely changed my opinion on this figure and it is amazing! Let’s take a closer look.
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Articulation – ★★★★☆
This figure is somewhat bulky, yet Cable has some really good articulation. I would have given him 5 stars but there are certainly figures out there that are way better so I couldn’t rationalize doing it.
Total POA’s = 30
- Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
- Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows the shoulder to raise above his shoulder. Full rotation of the arm.
- Bicep: Peg Joint in the bicep allows for a good rotation of the upper arm.
- Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge Joint which provides more than a 90 degree bend of the elbow. The bulk of his biceps reduces the bend of the elbows, but not more than I would expect from a larger person anyway.
- Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The wrist curl down is good, but to curl his wrists up there is a sculpted armor plate on the top of his hand that prevents the articulation. I really like the look of these armor plates so I have zero problem with it.
- Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
- Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides an amazing forward kick, not only for a larger figure, but for many Marvel Legends, Cable kicks forward more. He doesn’t have a great backward kick, but it’s good enough.
- Thigh: Peg Joint provides a good range of motion, and is masked really well by the sculpt of the legs.
- Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for just over a 90 degree bend which is pretty good.
- Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that provides very little forward motion, but backward is really good. The ankle rocker is a little limited but it does work.
- Body – There are 2 joints in the torso/waist area
- Torso: A Double Ball Peg in the upper torso provides good ab crunch especially for the bulk of the armor. Back arch is really good which is cool. There is a little bit of a side crunch, but not much.
- Waist: Peg Joint in the waist provides fully functioning waist swivel.
- Head: A Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. He can look down really well and look up really good. Side-to-Side is fully functional. As you look the figure up the tilt increases.
Mold – ★★★★★
I love the sculpt of this figure. I wasn’t sure I was going to initially, but now that I have this figure, I love it. The first thing I noticed is just how heavy he is. This figure is considerably heavier than your standard Marvel Legend figure. The next thing you’ll notice is the immense amount of detail work in the sculpt. They did such a great job to add details to this figure. There are tons of really cool pouches, belts, and other detail sculpts.
Hasbro’s primary win on this figure is the head sculpt. I’m not sure if this sculpt is reused from any other characters but the additions they did really made this head look like Cable. From the scars on his right eye to the left side of the face that is being taken over by the Techno Organic Virus. I just love this head sculpt so much. I’m also drooling over the hands. What!! Yeah, they did an amazing job with Cables hands. They look really good with the armor plates on the top and the way the knuckles are sculpted. These are just really well done.
Now, there are some issues with this sculpt too. But they are very minor. My primary issue is the placement of the arms into the shoulders. I really feel like the shoulders are too low compared to just how high the chest piece is. Again, not an issue too much. The other issue that I’m not sure is an issue is just how tall Cable is. He’s 7 inches tall which is huge for the Legends series figures. The Marvel Wiki has Cable at about 6′ 8″ tall. That’s about 4 inches shorter. Anyway, not a huge issue.
The last issue with this figure is the way the knees look when you bend them. They look ugly, but again, not a huge issue.
In the end, I love the sculpt of this figure and the negatives are not a big deal.
Paint – ★★★★☆
The paint can be a bit hit-or-miss on this figure in some areas, but for the most part, I think the paint apps are really well done. Now, the colors chosen weren’t my cup of tea for his outfit with the tan armor, but it was done well, so I can’t knock it too much.
First and foremost, the paint apps on Cables head are nearly perfect in my opinion. The only place they could have done better is if they added a little shading to his hair. There’s nothing there which makes the head look a little cheaper. The rest of the face was painted really well, especially the scars and virus sections.
Moving down, there are some really nice details painted throughout the rest of the figure which really give this figure a lot of character. The Techno Virus arm looks great and we’ve seen most of that arm before on the Odin BAF. The color of blue they used for the pants and hand is really good and I think there may be a little shading on the hands which is cool.
Hasbro even painted some of the buckles which is often a missed opportunity. They didn’t get all the buckles and snaps, however, which is not a surprise. There are a lot of areas where there should have been some paint but wasn’t. Many people have already pointed out the bullet holes throughout the armor on Cable are not painted, so you don’t even notice those details. In some respects, those should have been painted over the two belt buckles as those details could have been really cool, but instead, you almost don’t notice them.
In the end, the paint apps are done well on the figure. Yes, there should have been a lot more paint, but I’m actually pretty happy and am giving Hasbro a pass on the missed opportunities.
Accessories – ★★★★☆
Cable comes with 2 guns which are pretty weird looking. From what I’ve heard, these guns have been used before so they are not unique to Cable. Knowing that Cable is from the future, these guns aren’t that surprising to be odd looking, however, one of them comes with a string of bullets that can be inserted into the bottom which is really cool, but I cannot imagine a future gun would likely still be using the standard bullet technology we have today, so in that respect, the sculpt design of the gun is a little off putting.
Both of my guns are warped and the plastic is quite flexible, so yes, I can heat them up and straighten them, but I’m anticipating they won’t hold. I’m also not a huge fan of the green plastic they were cast in. My preference would have been grey or black with a little paint detail. Instead, there’s no paint detail and we get green. The string of bullets do have the copper tips painted on which does look really cool.
I’m really happy to have these accessories, though an alternate head of Cable writing while the Techno Virus is taking hold would have really been cool. That’s probably way too much to ask for though.
Packaging – ★★★★☆
Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.
Overall Rating – ★★★★☆
This new X-Men wave Cable figure is a strong 4 star figure and a great addition to your collection. My favorite Cable figure is still the Marvel Select Cable we got about a year ago, but the articulation on this one is many times better. Definitely go pick this figure up. He should be relatively easy to get as he is not the most desire figure in the wave, so try to get him at a discount if you can.
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