Most of what I know about X-Men comes from the 1990s Saban cartoon and its many tie-in products. So I didn't recognize this outfit for Cable, but I got the Juggernaut wave (thank you to you know who) because hey, life is good. The figure is really nicely detailed, but I couldn't begin to tell you why this armored cyborg Cable is in this costume, or from which story it comes, or whatever. I'm sure it has to do with some horrible thing happening in the future, probably with a virus, maybe time travel is involved. That or he ate the Winter Soldier and becomes him.
The 6-inch scale action figure is chunky and well-constructed. The upper torso is on a ball joint so there's no unsightly ab crunch, it's not a vest piece but is the actual body. Very nice. The figure is loaded with pouches and belts, boots and a robot arm. But sleeves? No. Cable cares not for sleeves. Half of his face is a robot and he's got a scarred eye and a big "X" on his arm, so he's too good to wear a shirt with your trappings of things like warmth.
The joints are good, but not super tight. They click in place, but they have a little give in there so if the pose is off, I could see it falling over. He has no problems standing if you get his center of gravity right, and he looks pretty good too - the joints are visible but integrate nicely in the wrinkles, muscles, and bands of metal.
Articulation is on par with the norm for Marvel Legends, which is excellent overall. 28 joints let him aim and shoot, but the bulky muscles and vest don't really allow for him to hold a weapon with both hands easily. This is more of a "aim and shoot John Woo style" figure, anyway. One of the weapons even has a removable ammo clip, some of the bullets are bent but such is life. I just load that end in the weapon, and you don't even notice.
The face is angry and determined, with a decent hair style and a pretty solid comic look. It's not the Cable I remember, nor is it the one from the movie (thanks Disney feuding with Fox) but hopefully that sort of limitation will soon be overlooked if Disney eats Fox. If you like the pictures, this is a nice sturdy figure with no obvious problems - I'll leave it to you to compare it to character reference art. It's just a big mean guy for your desk, and that I can appreciate. I'll buy Josh Brolin Cable if that ever comes to pass, but for now this is fine.
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