X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“His body rebuilt as a cyborg after a near-fatal accident, the freebooting swashbuckler Raza travels the galaxy in the company of the star-spanning Starjammers, lending his sword and his courage to any battle for freedom and justice!”
The sheer character depth of Toy Biz’s ’90s X-Men line is perhaps its greatest strength. They took full advantage of the popularity of the X-Men in the ’90s and used that to produce a very large chunk of the major and minor players in the franchise. Even slightly older characters and groups eventually found their way into plastic form. One of my favorite teams represented was the Starjammers, the group of space pirates introduced during the Phoenix Saga. Today, I’ll be looking at one of the more minor Starjammers, Raza!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Raza was released in Series 7 of the X-Men line. Believe it or not, along with Ch’od, Raza was the first appearance of the Starjammers in this line. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. The sculpt was unique to this figure, and patterned on Dave Cockrum’s illustrations of Raza from the comics. It’s an okay sculpt; it’s overall decent, but definitely not without issues. A lot of the issues are to do with posing. Raza’s pose is a little odd. He’s a bit pigeon-toed, and his shoulders are oddly thrown back. And, for whatever reason, his right hand has his palm facing forward. In addition, the articulation, especially at the shoulders, isn’t well worked into the sculpt at all. On the plus side, he does fit in pretty well with the rest of the line overall, and there’s plenty of solid work, especially on his head, which really capture’s Raza’s distinctive look. In terms of paint, he’s pretty decent. The colors match his colors from the comics, and the application is all pretty clean. The colors are also nice and vibrant, which is always a nice thing. Raza was packed with a sword and a pistol, both of which fit quite nicely in his hands (though it’s a shame his right hand doesn’t have an extended trigger finger) and stay pretty well put. There’s also an action feature, where his arms rock back and forth at the shoulders. It’s kind of hard to explain, and I’m not 100% sure what it’s supposed to do…
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When I was growing up, my Dad had a Raza figure. I always thought he was pretty cool. I almost bought one of my own numerous times over the years, but never got around to it. In actuality, I kept thinking I already had him for whatever reason. After verifying I definitely didn’t have him, I eventually ended up getting him at the Dave Hart Toy Show in Timmonium, just about a month ago. He’s not one of the star figures from this line, but he’s still pretty nifty. At least he’s better than Ahab, right?