X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Born Peter Rasputin and raised on a Siberian farm, Colossus’ humble roots could not have revealed the life he would one day lead! Recruited by Professor X, Colossus left his home to begin a new life of danger and adventure alongside Wolverine and the X-Men! A powerful mutant, Colossus can transform his body into living metal, giving him a physical strength and invulnerability matched by few! But with all his power, Peter Rasputin is an artist at heart, and resorts to using his mutant gifts only when they are needed in the service of his fellow X-Men.”
Colossus is undoubtedly one of the coolest members of the X-Men, and has been a prominent one at that, but for whatever reason, he always seems to draw the short stick when it comes to media adaptations. Well, at least the Deadpool movies have helped there, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Colossus was released in the “Battle Brigade” series, the 14th series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. It would mark Colossus’ second figure in the line, following his appearance in Series 1. That figure was more classically inspired, while this one aims more for the super exaggerated, rather imposing Colossus that’s become all the rage since the ‘90s, meaning he fits in a little better with the line’s post Series 10 direction. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. While he lacks elbow movement, he does instead get a much wider range of motion on his shoulders, as well as cut joints on his wrists, which seems like a decent enough trade off to me. Colossus’ sculpt was all-new, and it’s certainly…something. I’m not entirely sure what. He’s definitely large. He’s definitely imposing. But he seems a little wide for Colossus, at least by my eye. There are, of course, a number of different interpretations of the character, but I can’t say this really matches up with any of the ones I’m really familiar with. Something about the facial expression seems very un-Colossus-like to me. I don’t dislike it, but he feels a little off. Also, can we address that his hands are bigger than his waist? That’s definitely a new issue for Colossus, who had traditionally been pretty thick in the trunk. This…like I said, this is off. (quoth Super Awesome Fiancee: “He’s a Dorito”). The one area of the figure that’s decidedly not odd is the paint, which is actually pretty respectable…or at least it was before foolish child Ethan took him and played with him, thereby messing up a lot of the silver. Why would I do that? That’s so irresponsible! Colossus was packed with an assortment of clip-on armor, which I don’t feel he’d have much use for, but hey, there it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Colossus didn’t begin as my figure. He was actually my Dad’s, purchased alongside the Archangel from this same assortment, in one of the earliest memories I have of us getting figures right from the case. When my Dad got the Collector Editions Giant-Sized X-Men set, he upgraded to that Colossus, and I got this one. Admittedly, not the best of the Colossuses to be offered by Toy Biz in this era, but he has his own sort of awkward charm.