SASQUATCH & VINDICATOR
ALPHA FLIGHT (TOY BIZ)
“Dr. Walter Langkowski was content with his quiet, fairly normal life as a college physics professor. That was before his insatiable curiosity regarding the effects of gamma radiation upon the human body led him to accidentally transform himself into the mighty Sasquatch! Standing at nearly ten feet tall, covered with orange fur and able to lift nearly 70 tons, Sasquatch is a physical powerhouse of superhuman strength. Led by electromagnetically charged Vindicator, Sasquatch serves Canada as a member of its foremost group of super heroes: Alpha Flight. Together, Alpha Flight fights to protect Canada and the world from the forces of evil.”
Okay, so there’s a bio for one of the two figures in the set, with like a passing mention for the other one. Kind of an odd choice. The combined bio thing worked better for Northstar and Aurora. Here it feels awkward, right? Also, it’s worth noting that the use of just the “Vindicator” name with no pronouns or anything means it could technically be referring to either James or Heather. Perhaps Toy Biz hadn’t decided which of the Vindicators was going to be included yet when the text was written? Come to think of it, Vindicator’s not even in the illustration on the top of the box like all the others are. It’s just Sasquatch. Weird. Well, I’m still gonna review them both. Here we go.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Sasquatch and Vindicator were one of the three two-packs that made up the first (and only) series of Toy Biz’s Alpha Flight line from 1998.
Gonna be honest, I didn’t actually know all that much about Sasquatch until that bio up there. He’s one of the most prominent members of the team in terms of toy representation, with this figure, a Minimate, and TWO Marvel Legends. He’s rivaled only by Puck in terms of representation. That’s not bad for what essentially translates to Canadian Hulk. This figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 13 points of articulation. He’s a little smaller than Sasquatch tends to be depicted in the comics (where he frequently falls into the 8-10 ft range), but he’s still noticeably taller than the rest of his teammates, which is really the important thing in all of this. Though his head is a separate piece from the torso, the nature of the neck and hair design is such that there’s no actual motion, an issue that would crop up on most of Sasquatch’s future figures. Sasquatch’s sculpt was new to him (though it would be re-used for the Dark Side line’s Man-Thing figure not too long after), and it’s not a bad piece of work. It matches pretty well with depictions of him over the years. There’s some pretty great work on the texturing, showing Toy Biz’z slow improvement over time that would eventually lead to the likes of Marvel Legends. In terms of paint, Sasquatch is actually a bit better than you might expect. TB could have gone the easy route and just done straight orange, but instead they’ve actually done quite a bit of accenting on the musculature and such, which looks pretty great. Sasquatch has no accessories, though if you want to get technical, the way the packaging is laid out I suppose you could consider Vindicator his accessory…but that makes me uncomfortable.
This is actually the second time I’ve looked at a figure of Heather Hudson as Vindicator, in the same costume no less! After this, I’ll have reviewed 100% of the Heather Hudson figures ever made. Yay? Like the Minimate, this figure depicts Heather wearing her (then) deceased husband Mac’s Guardian/Vindicator costume. The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has 12 points of articulation. Vindicator premiered this particular body, but it went on to serve as the basis of a number of other female figures, including the previously reviewed Bloodstorm figure. It was a decent enough body for Heather, though it has a little bit of difficulty staying standing. Her head is re-used from the Marvel Collector Editions Jean Grey figure, which isn’t the best sculpt Toy Biz ever put out, but at the same time, the head’s hardly the worst part of the original figure. Plus, there’s a visor added to it, which helps to mask some of the weirder parts of the original piece. The hair is still rooted, which isn’t super ideal in this scale, but it could be worse. The paint work on this figure isn’t quite as interesting as with Sasquatch, but it gets the job done. The edges are a bit fuzzy, but for the time not bad. Like Sasquatch, she includes no accessories.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Unlike the previously reviewed Northstar and Aurora, I didn’t get this pair new. I saw them many times at retail, but wasn’t familiar enough with the characters to really be drawn in. I ended up picking up over this past summer, loose, from Yesterday’s Fun. Vindicator’s just okay. Not anything really special or anything. Sasquatch on the other hand, is actually pretty awesome, and I’m glad I finally got one. Now, I’ll just need to find Puck and Snowbird.