X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Super-villains have learned that this co-leader of the X-Men is perhaps the most dangerous X-Man of all because Storm has the amazing mutant power to control weather! With a quick mental command, Storm can create anything from a simple summer shower to a raging hurricane. By raising her arms she can command the winds to carry her anywhere. She is a master of unarmed combat, though she prefers to use lightning bolts and wind to stun and disarm super-villains.”
When launching their X-Men line in the ‘90s, Toy Biz jumped right into the thick of it, covering some of the most popular team members right off the bat. Naturally, Storm, one of the very best known X-Men for quite some time now, found her way into that initial set, for better or for worse. I’ll be looking at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This particular Storm figure had a handful of releases. She was originally released in Series 1 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, wearing the black costume from the top of this review. She was then part of the 1993 re-paint assortment, where she was done up in silver. Then, in 95, she got another release, this time in white, as part of the X-Men: Classics assortment designed to tie-in with the Animated Series. Regardless of color scheme, all three versions of Storm stand just shy of 5 inches tall and have 8 points of articulation. Storm’s not really all that posable, thanks to the slightly wonky layout of the articulation. Not only does she have the dreaded v-hips, she’s also got a rather similar scheme to her shoulders, plus her neck is rendered motionless by her light-up feature. The actual quality of the sculpt is rather on the rudimentary side, as was the case with all of the Series 1 X-Men figures. She’s wearing her Jim Lee-designed leather outfit, which was current for the time, and has the benefit of being rather stiff and squared off by its very nature. This masks some of the stiffness of the sculpt, I suppose. Still, it’s hardly the best Storm that Toy Biz put out. As this figure was re-released, she slowly acquired more and more cape. The original release has no cape (which would make Edna happy). The silver gets a more wispy sort of a thing, and the last release finally gets a proper cape, much more true to her comics design. There were three different paint schemes for this figure, with pretty much the same application across the board, apart from the main base color of the plastic. The application is generally pretty simplistic on all three of them, but it works. The white and silver ones both have an extra bit of yellow detailing, which offers some more pop, I suppose. All three figures include the same light-up feature, which illuminates the lighting bolt on her chest. They also all three include a lightning bolt piece that can be held in her hand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got these three at various different times, none of them during my childhood. The white one was the first one, picked up during my 5-inch renaissance back in 2011. As the latest, I think that’s the best of the three. The other two were both picked up in the last year, as I set out on my quest to complete my 5-inch X-Men collection. They’re not terribly different, and unless you’re crazy like me, I don’t suppose there’s much reason to own all three.