X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Virtually unstoppable and possessing super-human strength, the Juggernaut is one of the X-Men’s oldest and most powerful foes! Gaining his power from the mystic Cyttorak gem, the Juggernaut is vulnerable to psychic attack-but only when his helmet is removed! With a jealousy and hatred for his brother Charles Xavier, the Juggernaut will not stop until he has destroyed the X-Men!”
Okay, so two weeks ago I said this month was gonna be really Marvel heavy. The last two weeks haven’t been as Marvel heavy as I’d initially anticipated, but this week I’m throwing in the towel and just doing a whole week of Marvel. Strap in, guys. Let’s start the week off with an entry from the behemoth that was Toy Biz’s ‘90s X-Men line. It’s one of the team’s oldest foes, Cain Marko, better known as the unstoppable Juggernaut!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Juggernaut was released in the “Light-Up Weapons Series” of Toy Biz’s X-Men line; it was the thirteenth series in the line. This marks Juggernaut’s second figure in the line, following his inclusion in Series 1. This one marked an improvement in size, detail, and articulation. The figure stands about 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. The articulation is a bit down from the usual for the line at the time (he loses movement in the arms to allow for the light-up deal), but was actually an improvement over the prior figure. This guy had an all-new sculpt (which would later be partially re-used for the X-Men vs. Street Fighter version). It’s not perfect, but it was a solid offering at the time. He’s suitably bulked up, though the arms are definitely a bit on the long side, and conversely, the legs seem a bit short. The musculature is rather exaggerated, but it’s the sort of thing that you expect to see with Juggernaut. The big selling point of this guy was the inclusion of a removable helmet, allowing you to replicate said helmet’s removal at the end of like every fight he’s ever had with the X-Men. The head under the helmet gives us a rather angry looking Cain Marko, who looks to be patterned after his appearance on the ‘90s animated series. The actual helmet is fairly nicely handled. It lines up well with the face and it sits tight on his head. The paint work on this guy is generally pretty decent. It could have been somewhat drab, but there’s actually a nice bit of variety to the various shades of brown and such to keep it interesting. That’s definitely a nice touch. In addition to the removable helmet, Juggernaut also includes a…hammer…thing? Not 100% sure what it is, but it’s the light-up bit of the figure. Some of the light-up features made more sense than others. This one’s nearer the bottom of the list of sensibility.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I originally got this version of Juggernaut at the same time as my first Light-Up Gambit figure; he was a gift from my Grandparents on my mom’s side. This was the one of the two that I wanted the most, largely due to that awesome removable helmet. I’m not 100% sure what happened to that figure. Suffice to say, I needed a replacement, which was one of the handful of figures I grabbed from Bobakhan Toys at the beginning of the summer. He’s still one of my favorite Juggernaut figures, goofy light-up feature and all.