X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Mr. Sinister is a mysterious Evil Mutant mastermind who loves to plot and scheme but prefers to let others do the fighting for him. But if he’s trapped and has to fight…watch out! He’s super strong and super tough…even cannon shells bounce off him! Mr. Sinister’s goal is to make everyone – even Evil Mutants – his slaves! And what scares everyone is the fact that he has the power to make that goal a reality!”
In the mid-80s, after reforming Magneto, killing the Phoenix, and thoroughly humiliating the Hellfire Club, the X-Men were in need of a new big bad. Enter Mr. Sinister, a character with dubious origins and a dubious plan and a dubious obsession with Scott Summers that wouldn’t be fully explained for quite some time. Even the bio here doesn’t really say much about him, since his origin wouldn’t actually be given for another three years after this figure’s release. At this point in time, he still had the potential to be a dark take on the Shazam concept. Kind of crazy, right? Well, let’s just get onto the review.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mr. Sinister was first released in Series 2 of X-Men. Despite the packaging showing him clean-shaven, that particular figure was sporting a goatee. This fresh-faced fellow is from the repaint series, which coincided with Series 3’s release. The only difference between the two is the facial hair, which isn’t even a sculpted element. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation. He’s missing the joint at the neck that most X-Men figures, due to a light-up feature in his eyes, not unlike Series 1’s Cyclops and Storm. The sculpt is pretty decent, and an early example of Toy Biz finding their footing, after the slightly more rudimentary sculpts in Series 1. It may look somewhat familiar to my loyal readers, as it served as the inspiration for the smaller-scale Steel Mutants figure. It’s a good summation of the character, especially as he was depicted in the late ‘80s. The proportions are well balanced, especially for the era, and he’s got a passable amount of detail work. Like the smaller figure, the cape is removable. It still sits a little high, but at the larger scale, it’s not quite as bad. The paint work on Sinister is passable. Not amazing or anything, but it’s about par for the rest of the line. There’s some slight slop, especially on the belt, but I’ve seen worse. Mr. Sinister included no accessories, instead just relying on the previously mentioned light-up feature to add extra value.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Mr. Sinister is a somewhat recent addition to my collection, in my current drive to get a complete set of ‘90s X-Men figures. I picked him up last fall from House of Fun, fished out of their rather extensive selection of loose figures. Mr. Sinister is actually a lot better than I’d been expecting. The character’s never done a whole lot for me, but his design really suits an action figure.