X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“A master of martial arts, Psylocke is also one of the most powerful telepaths on Earth! Focusing her mental power, Psylocke can create what she calls her “psychic knife”. Using this weapon, Psylocke is able to incapacitate her opponents without any physical injury! As beautiful as she is powerful, Psylocke is a key member of the X-Men team!”
Today’s review subject is brought to you in part by Tim, who ran through about five potential review subjects, before we both agreed to a Psylocke figure. Sometimes that’s just how things work here at the FiQ offices (okay, it’s not so much an office as it is the Jeep Cherokee that we both happened to be riding in at the time). So, without further ado, here’s Psylocke.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Psylocke was part of the “Light-Up Weapons” Series of Toy Biz’s X-Men toyline. This was Psylocke’s first action figure, and is based on her Jim Lee-inspired post-mind swap look. While it’s not my personal favorite, it’s the look that she was sporting for a decade or so and it’s how most people know her. The figure stands about 4 3/4 inches tall and she has 9 points of artiuculation. As with all of the figures in this particular assortment, she looses movement in her arms in order to facilitate the light-up feature, so her posablity is a bit down. She’s also got the dreaded v-hips, so sitting isn’t much of an option. Essentially, she’s only good for a basic standing pose. ….Which is odd when you take into account the sculpt’s decision to give her very dynamically flowing hair. That just ends up looking weird, like she’s standing sideways in a wind tunnel or something. I mean, the rest of the sculpt is decent enough, though, and for all of her restricted posing, the figure has a natural sort of posture to her, so she doesn’t look too unreal. The paintwork on her is alright, but has some notable flaws. The straps on her arms and legs are really showing some slop, which is a bit frustrating. Also, the coloring of her hair is a bit off, since it shouldn’t really be so much a straight purple color as a black with purple dye. Psylocke was packed with her psychic knife (which is the basis of her light-up feature), as well as a more standard katana.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Psylocke is a recent addition to my collection. I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot recently. I swear, I had a lot of these figures growing up, I just happen to be reviewing the more recent ones. Anyway, I picked her up back in December from Time Warp Toys, during Ellicott City’s Midnight Madness event. She’s an alright figure, but, admittedly, not one of the stronger Toy Biz X-Men or even one of the stronger figures just in this series alone.