X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
Another non-newest series of X-Men Marvel Legends X-Men figure? Does this mean Ethan’s still looking for that freaking Cyclops figure? No, actually. Ethan found that freaking Cyclops figure yesterday afternoon. He was very excited about that freaking Cyclops figure. But, he also needs some time to properly appreciate those figures before jumping into the reviews. Still, X-Men on the brain and all that, so let’s take a look at the back catalogue again. We’re going even further back this time, and pulling out one of the old Toy Biz 5-inch figures. Let’s look at Rogue!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rogue was released in Series 6 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, and was by far the most popular figure in the series. She was actually quite rare for some time, but was eventually re-released as part of the KB Toys-exclusive Marvel Universe line. The two figures are more or less identical. I think mine may actually be the re-release, since the timelines line up best that way. The figure stands 5 inches tall and has 7 points of articulation. The articulation count is a bit lower than other figures TB was producing at the time, mostly due to the upper cut action feature on her left arm, which removes the neck movement (to allow for the lever that activates the feature) and the left elbow movement. It also limits the left shoulder a bit. Not really sure why they opted to go for such an intrusive feature. Rogue sported an all-new sculpt (which would later be re-used for Polaris). It’s fairly standard for the time. Nothing super amazing, but it’s a decent enough recreation of her Jim Lee look. Her proportions are a bit weird; her hairs is really small, and her legs seem to make up a larger portion of her body than they should. She’s also a bit on the boxy side. But, like I said, fairly standard for the time, so I can’t judge it too harshly. Missing from my figure is her add-on belt, which replicated her wacky asymmetrical thing from the comics. Yay for asymmetry! Rogue’s paint work is decent enough. Everything is applied pretty cleanly and all of the important details are there. I will say I’ve always found this figure’s color palette to be a bit washed out and dull. I guess the cartoon and future figures just have made me expect this costume to be a bit warmer. Rogue included no accessories, not even the weird ‘90s blaster thing that Toy Biz seemed to give to all of the other figures who they couldn’t think of anything better to give to. Alas, I suppose she’ll just have to steal one from one of the other figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Rogue was one of the last “main X-Men” I got when I was growing up. Most of the others had seen one or two re-releases, so getting them wasn’t too prohibitive. I actually ended up getting the 10-inch version of her first. Ultimately, I’m pretty sure I ended up with the Universe re-release when it hit. I think she was a Christmas present from my parents if I’m not mistaken, likely from our first Christmas in the house I spent most of my childhood in. She may not be the best Rogue figure I own, or even the first Rogue figure I owned, but I was really happy to get her when she was new.