X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Once a slave to the extradimensional tyrant Mojo, Longshot eventually escaped, came ot Earth and joined forces with the X-Men. Armed with razor-sharp throwing knives, his combined abilities of amazing agility and incredible luck allow him to take on the fiercest foes. Recently, Longshot left the X-Men to search for the secrets of his past and travel to parts unknown!”
Have I reviewed a Longshot figure before on this site? I feel like I have. <checks backlog> Why yes, yes I have, waaaaaaaaaay back in review #0034. Wow, that was a while ago. It also predates me being quite as in-depth with these intros, so I guess I haven’t really talked about him much, apart from saying he’s nobody’s favorite. Aw, that feels a little bit cruel. Past-Ethan’s a little bit of a jerk, isn’t he? Well, on the Longshot front, it’s worth noting that the guy hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to action figures, both in terms of quantity and quality. He had exactly one figure during the Toy Biz 5-inch days, and that’s the one I’m looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Longshot was part of Series 4 of Toy Biz’s ’90s X-Men line. He falls into one of the line’s most oddball series, with Professor X, Cyclops II, Ahab, Sabretooth II, and the Brood as his fellow releases. Longshot joined Ahab and the Brood in the club of “not having been relevant in several years” at the time of release. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. He’s a bit more limited in movement than a lot of the other figures from this line, and I’m not entirely sure why. He’s only got one elbow joint (the left), which is in order to facilitate his knife-throwing action feature. That I can kind of get. But he’s also got no neck movement, for seemingly no reason. That I don’t get. Were they just not sure how to articulate it with the mullet? Whatever the case, it’s not doing him any favors. Also not doing him any favors is the general quality of the sculpt. This early in the line, Toy Biz’s sculpts were still very hit-or-miss, and this one’s more miss. It’s largely that head, which just looks downright goony. Longshot’s usually depicted as being a somewhat charming fellow, but none of that’s visible, unless you are particularly charmed by the face of a chimpanzee. Which maybe you are. I’m not one to judge. But Longshot isn’t classically this simian. Toy Biz’s sculptors also seem to have understood the basic concept of the mullet, but not really the implementation, resulting in a hairstyle that’s…well, it’s certainly something. The head is also rather small when compared to the rest of the body, which, it should be noted, is a much better example of sculpting, comparatively at least. Longshot’s paintwork is fairly standard. It’s clean and the colors match his usual depictions. The face again gets the worst work, though, getting those round, wide eyes, making him look like he’s in a constant state of surprise. Longshot was packed with two knives (in case you lost one, I guess) and a bandolier, which helped to complete his usual look. He also had the “KNIFE THROWING ACTION!”, where his right arm will swing forward when pulled back. It’s not the most technically impressive feature, but at least it wasn’t overly intrusive.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t get Longshot new, but I did get him fairly quickly after the fact (probably around 1999-2000), courtesy of Cosmic Comix during one of their legendary Midnight Madness sales back when they were still on Main Street in Ellicott City. I don’t know exactly why I got Longshot, but I remember wanting him, for one reason or another. He’s…not a great figure. Of course, he’s in luck, because he’s not even the worst figure in this particular series (that’s Ahab). Longshot’s goofy, and not a good take on the character, but I suppose he’s got his own sort of charm.