X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“The man called Cyclops possesses the uncanny mutant ability to fire beams of devastating energy from his eyes. These optic blasts are so powerful that they can only be effectively harnessed by a special ruby-quartz visor designed by Professor X. Over the years, Cyclops has grown from a sullen, withdrawn loner into the cool, confident, capable leader of the X-Men’s Blue Strike Force!”
While Wolverine got on the multiple figures bandwagon as soon as Toy Biz’s X-Men line had multiple series by which to deliver multiple figures, it took other characters a little longer to get there. The villains got on the repeats a little quicker, but the first non-Wolverine duplicate from the main team was the X-Men’s leader man, Cyclops, who would end up getting a pretty major overhaul for his second figure, appropriately named “Cyclops II.”
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops II was released in Series 5 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. He was then subsequently re-released in 1995 as part of the cartoon-driven “Classics” assortment. The figure seen here is officially the classics release, but the core figure is identical between the two. Cyclops was sporting his Jim Lee costume, which was brand-new at the time, having replaced the previous X-Factor costume (which was used for the first figure, as well as his talking counterpart) right on top of said costume getting a toy. It was about as timely as you could get, really. The figure stands 5 inches tall and has 8 points of articulation. When I reviewed the 10-inch figure whose sculpt was based on this one, I noted that the larger figure had more articulation. Due to the built-in action feature, this Cyclops lacks neck articulation, which is certainly a little bit restricting. Additionally, the figure’s proportions are also thrown off by the batter compartment needed to power said light-up feature. This means the torso’s really big, making the arms in particular look comparatively pretty small. It also means this is a Cyclops that suffers from the opposite problem of the prior figure, being rather on the bulky side for a guy whose nickname is “slim.” Proportions aside, there’s still some decent sculpted work on this figure. The head is a respectable translation of his look from the comics, with some nice detail work on the hair in particular. The pouches and straps mixed throughout the sculpt are also quite nicely detailed, which I’m sure was really a big hit with all the pouch and strap aficionados in ’93. A shame there weren’t also some shoulder pads, right? Cylcops’ paintwork was rather on the basic side, but solid stuff nevertheless. The original release of this figure came packed with a backpack and a gun, which are, of course, the obvious accessories for Cyclops. However, for the re-release, he was instead given Comcast’s hover platform, because, again, really the obvious choice, right?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While this figure was out when I started collecting, the rerelease hadn’t quite hit, so it was X-Factor Cyclops that had the honor of being my first Cyclops figure. This guy came a little bit later, as a gift from a family friend who was well aware of how much I loved X-Men. He quickly transitioned to being my main Cyclops, at least for a little bit. He would eventually be outpaced by other Cyclops figures, and was amongst 23 of my X-Men figures that got boxed up and buried in the garage during my high school years, and would remain there until the summer after I finished college, when I finally unearthed them. He’s not my first Cyclops, he’s not my best Cyclops, but he’s an important Cyclops, and I still enjoy the corny little guy.