ONE:12 COLLECTIVE (MEZCO)
Cyclops sure does seem to be getting a good bit of love these days, with a headlining role in the latest X-Men relaunch, plus all sorts of toys. I mean, he’s had no less than two Marvel Legends in one single year. That’s a pretty big deal for him, especially after the less than stellar treatment he’s gotten for the better part of the last decade. Riding in on the Cyclops-hype train as well is Mezco, who are finally expanding the X-Men portion of their One:12 Collective line to more than just variants of Wolverine, and adding both long-time foe Magneto and old-school leaderman Cyclops to the docket. I’m an unabashed Cyclops fan, so it’s not much of a surprise who I’m looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops is a Fall 2019 release for Mezco’s One:12 Collective line. He took his sweet time getting onto shelves, but he started arriving just within the last month. This is the standard Cyclops offering, which depicts him in a ’90s Jim Lee-inspired get-up. There’s also a more Cockrum/Byrne-inspired variant, which should be arriving at retail shortly. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has over 30 points of articulation.
Cyclops is another figure on the multiple heads band-wagon. There are two included here, each with the same basic design, but each with a different expression. The standard is the more classic calm Cyclops, fit for the more usual standing poses, while the alternate is sporting an intense scream, just right for all that…screaming that Cyclops is wont to do. It means that you’ve got some decent options for posing, to be sure. Both sculpts do a respectable job for capturing that classic Cyclops likeness. While I’m still more partial to the Legends ’90 Cyclops head sculpt as a whole, I can definitely respect these heads for what they do, and there’s a more real world quality to them. Both heads are designed to work with the light-up feature built into the body. It’s not a super complex system or anything, but the battery is built into a compartment which is housed in the neck joint. The ball-joint contains a small LED, the desired head pops onto the ball-joint, the switch on the housing is turned on, and the whole housing is slid back down into the main neck and turned to lock into place for posing. It’s not a bad design, and it’s a rare light-up feature for a Cyclops that doesn’t completely hinder his neck joint. However, I found the actual lighting to be a little unreliable and tempermental, making it difficult to keep it illuminated during posing. I don’t know if this is just my figure or an across the board thing.
Cyclops is built on a smaller male body than a lot of the line, but it seems suitably sized to the character. He’s a mixed-media affair, with a slightly rubberized jumpsuit, plus hard plastic add-ons for his belt/shoulder strap, wrist cuffs, leg straps, and boots. There have been a few adjustments made to the design, such as removing the yellow shorts (which the classic-styled figure will be adding back), adding a proper collar, and adding some piping and panelling lines to the main body suit. It’s really not terribly different from how they updated, say, Iron Man’s design, and is generally in pretty good keeping with the line’s stylings as a while. It also keeps all of the major points for selling this as a Jim Lee Cyclops, so they seem to have done a pretty respectable job of boiling things down.
Cyclops has a decent selection of accessories included. In addition to the previously mentioned extra head, he’s also got a selection of five extra visors to swap out between the two, which includes a few duplicates, presumably in case you accidentally lose one. The “smoking eye” piece is great for subtle poses, and the two extremes of the blasts pair well with the two different expressions on the heads. There are also three included pairs of hands in fists, open gesture, and a flat/visor operating pose combo. He also includes the usual display stand, this time with a big ol’ X on it. Lastly, and most impressively by my count, is the removable (faux) leather jacket, which is pretty much essential to completing a proper ’90s Cyclops, and was the only notable thing missing from Hasbro’s first release (although they’re going to be amending that very soon). The accessories for Cyclops are definitely an improvement over the comparatively rather light Vigilante Daredevil figure, which is a pretty good thing, even if Cyclops technically retails for $10 more.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I waffled a lot on this figure, truth be told. At it’s core, I love the idea, and honestly, I’m very happy with the execution. The problem I run into with most of the One:12 stuff is the cost relative to other lines in the same scale, and I won’t lie that Hasbro’s announcement of the reissue of the Jim Lee Cyclops with an added jacket did knock this one down ever so slightly in my book. I get *why* these figures are more expensive, but that doesn’t make it easy for me to justify. And Cyclops even retails for $20 higher than the previous base price point on these figures, making him an even harder justification. That said, when I saw this guy in person, he really spoke to me, and I decided that a good figure of Cyclops was the sort of thing I could invest in. Well, I’m glad I did. Despite being the most I’ve paid for a One:12 figure, I’d say this one’s the one I’m the most satisfied with at the end of the day. He’s a very nice piece on his own, and I think stands apart enough from the likes of Legends to be worth the additional investment.