X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“One of the most powerful forces on Earth, Apocalypse has become the greatest villain in the world of the X-Men. Activating the Apocalypse holo-droid, Cyclops helps the X-Men learn how to fight a foe who is as powerful as his is evil. Avoiding blasts from his gattling gun hand, Cyclops, along with Storm and Jubilee, take down the Robot Fighter with a perfectly timed series of attacks!”
Okay, so I’m gonna warn my readers up front: this month is going to be pretty Marvel-heavy. That’s just what I’ve been picking up a lot of in the last few weeks. I’ll mix in some other stuff where I can, but there’s a lot of figures to cover. With that out of the way, I’ll be setting my sights on today’s focus, Cyclops, who hails from Toy Biz’s lengthy X-Men line from the ‘90s. I know, from the bio, you might have guessed this was an Apocalypse review, but not so.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops was part of the “Robot Fighters” series of X-Men. This was the 19th Series Toy Biz put out in the X-Men line and it was after they’d run out of steam with the more “normal” figures and switched to more gimmicky sub-lines that allowed for more variants of the main team. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall (he’s less hunched than Gambit, but still loses some height to it) and he has 5 points of articulation. He loses even more articulation than his series-mates, bringing him down to Total Justice levels. In fact, in more way than one, this guy feels more at home with Kenner’s TJ line than he does with most of the stuff Toy Biz was producing. Even the design of his costume (which was unique to the figure and had no basis in the comics, apart from being vaguely inspired by his Jim Lee toggs) feels a lot like one of Kenner’s Fractal Armor designs. As with Gambit, I’m still not certain how the Danger Room-related bios attached to these figures translates to these new, over-designed costumes, but there it is. While the costume’s not the greatest, the thing that really holds this guy back is the pre-posing. While Gambit’s deep crouch was workable with the articulation and allowed for a few decent poses, I have no idea what you’re supposed to do with this guy. What’s he doing? Is he shouting “come at me, bro?” That’s all I can figure with the outstretched arms and slightly cocked head. But it also appears that he’s in mid-squat or something. Whatever it is, he’s really pissed off by it. So pissed off that he’s gritted his teeth to the point of his visor engulfing his nose. Wait, I think I’ve got it! The Apocalypse hologram must have played a game of “got your nose” while Scott was right in the middle of his daily squat routine, and now Scott’s all pissed because that’s his very favorite nose, and so he’s ready to start something. It makes perfect sense now. The paint work on this figure is actually pretty solid, truth be told. I like the shade of blue they’ve used, and the application’s all pretty clean for the most part. They’ve even managed to make all of the yellows match pretty well too! Cyclops was packed with a robotic recreation of Apocalypse, which is super goofy and super gimmicky. It fires missiles and when you press the “A” the right arm falls off.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted when I reviewed Gambit, I remember this series hitting retail, but for whatever reason I never got any of them. I’m a dyed in the wool Cyclops fan, so I was gonna get this guy eventually. He’s another item from Bobakhan Toys; I fished him out of one of their loose figure bins. He’s really goofy. There’s no getting around that. And, unfortunately, I don’t find him to be as much fun to play with as the Gambit. That being said, he’s a goofy, very ‘90s Cyclops, and that’s kind of right up my alley. I’ll just stick him with my Total Justice figures, where he’s less likely to be judged.