ANGEL – SAVAGE LAND
The 90s X-Men line! Now there was a line. I haven’t really looked at this line yet on the site, aside from the Original Members Boxed Set, which wasn’t actually part of the line. But in the 90s, the X-Men were the big thing. They had a TV show, their comics sold millions, and they had one of the most comprehensive toy lines to date. There was a Cho’d action figure for God’s sake! Towards the end of the line, they began to run out of new characters to release, so they started doing these theme waves with rereleases of the main characters. One of those theme waves was a set of figures based on the X-Men’s many trips to the Savage Land. It featured figures of the X-Men in tattered “Savage Land” uniforms. Today, I’ll be looking at the Angel figure from that line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
So, as I said above, Angel here hails from the Savage Land series of Toybiz’s 5-inch X-Men line. He stands roughly 5 inches tall and has 11 points of articulation. If you read the review of the Fallen, you’ve seen a lot of this figure before. He shares all but his head, arms and feet with that figure. The head was actually one that saw frequent reuse over at Toybiz, and I know this wasn’t the first figure to use it, but I honestly don’t know what was. Anyway, it works fine here, though it might be a bit scowly for a pre-Archangel Warren Worthington. The figure’s look is mostly done through paint, which depicts a tattered version of Angel’s blue and white costume from the silver age*. It’s cool to see this costume here, but a bit disappointing that the costume never got a proper release. Angel at one point featured a pair of (very small) wings, a gray vest with an X-logo, and some weird claw thing that attached to his wrist, but I lost most of those pieces many years ago.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this figure on one of my many trips the KB Toys outlet in Rehobeth Beach. I was very excited to get it because Angel figures were a bit of a rarity in the 90s. I know I really liked this guy, and for reasons I can’t fathom at this point, I know he spent a lot of time in my Ghostbusters Ecto-1.
*In super hero -comics, the first 40 years or so are divided into three “ages”: The Golden Age, The Silver Age, and the Bronze Age. The Sliver age, at Marvel any way, is believed to start with Fantastic Four #1, and end somewhere around Giant Size X-Men #1.
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