X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Forge is the X-Men’s brilliant high-tech weapons inventor. Not only can he custom design a deadly arsenal in almost no time… he’s ready to jump straight into action and use it! In fact Forge is such a fierce fighter that when he straps on his weapons and activates his amazing bionic leg, he becomes a one-man army!”
The ‘90s X-Men line was the most expansive selection of the characters ever put to plastic, offering up main, supporting, and minor characters from all throughout the franchise’s history. It definitely took a heavy lean towards the ‘90s, of course, and paramount to the line’s early days was getting collectors a complete line-up of the X-Men of the X-Men #1 era. Included amongst that line-up was relatively new addition (at the time) Forge!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Forge was released in Series 2 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, and was sporting his strike-team uniformed look, which is, by far, Forge’s most prominent design. Also, his current design at the time, so it made a lot of sense. Apart from some repaints of this same figure, this would be the only Forge figure we’d get from Toy Biz, so, hey, they better have made it count. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. Sculpt-wise, Forge is fairly typical of the early line figures. He’s definitely got a more refined sculpt than a lot of his Series 1 counterparts, but compared to later-run figures from Toy Biz, he’s definitely on the scrawny side. Though, for a character like Forge, the scrawnier nature isn’t too terrible, especially if your a fan of the tech-geek take on the character seen in the likes of X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men. Some of the details, especially the pouches and his boots, are far more simplistic than they’d be on more current offerings, but on the plus side, the details on the head sculpt are actually pretty sharp. Forge’s gun is molded into his hand. Ostensibly, it’s to aid with the figure’s quick-draw action feature, though I can’t say I understand why it had to actually be molded in place for that. It ends up rather restricting what you can do with the figure. The paintwork on Forge is about par for the course on this line. Application’s clean and fairly basic, and the colors are bright. I quite like the clear molded plastic for his artificial arm and leg; it’s a nice touch. Like a number of the early Toy Biz figures, there were two minor paint variants on Forge, concerning the color of his holster. The initial figures were brown, but it was changed mid-production to yellow, which is the one seen here. Yay?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up Forge a few years back, during my first resurgence of 5-inch X-Men collecting, just after my freshmen year of college. I ended up finding him loose from Yesterday’s fun. Forge has never been a particular favorite of mine, and the figure doesn’t really do much to change that, being more or less middle of the road, but he’s certainly passable.