MARVEL UNIVERSE (HASBRO)
“When you weigh almost 2,000 pounds and can’t be stopped by any obstacle on Earth, the term ‘fair fight’ doesn’t normally apply…unless your opponent can lift 75 tons and comes encased in impenetrable organic armor. The unstoppable Juggernaut! The unbreakable Colossus! Look out!”
So, that bio might reveal some things about how this figure *should* be reviewed, which is to say with another figure, since he’s clearly part of a two-pack. But that ain’t how I roll…well, this time, at least, because I just have the one of them. I definitely dig me some Colossus, and he definitely has a tendency to really rock as an action figure, which really only makes me dig him that much more, and, well, here we are, I guess.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Colossus is one half of a Marvel Universe “Greatest Battles” two-pack, which is what the Comic Packs became after Hasbro rounded out their Secret Wars celebration. Like the larger-scale set I looked at a while back, this pack paired off Colossus with Juggernaut, in reference to their battle in X-Men #102 (which was, unsurprisingly, the comic that came included with this pack). This figure would mark Colossus’s third time in the Marvel Universe line, and following a single-carded release based on his Astonishing costume, and a differently colored “classic” Colossus in the Giant-Size X-Men boxed set. The figure stands 4 3/4 inches tall and he has 25 points of articulation. This Colossus draws from the same parts bank as his two predecessors, and is in fact sculpturally identical to the GSXM version, which was just a minor retool of the Astonishing version. A number of these parts would also later be used for Death’s Head, who I’ve previously reviewed. While the earlier MU sculpts were definitely wonky, but the time that Colossus was introduced, Hasbro had the formula down really well, and it results in a very nice sculpt for Piotr. Honestly, I think it’s even a little bit better than the recent Legends sculpt, certainly on the head, at least. Even his poseability is pretty good, especially for his stature. There’s no real weak points in the movement, and his neck in particular has a fantastic range. Really, the only downside to the sculpt is the same thing that afflicted so many MU figures: he’s got some real trouble standing. Even then, it’s not as bad as some figures in the line. Throw some ankle rockers on this guy and he’d be pretty much perfect. The only thing that really differentiates this guy from the GSXM release is how he’s colored. While that one went for a “real world” color with actual silver, this one opts for stricter comic book coloring, so the colors are (mostly) flat. It’s a different look, and I’m not sure it works quite as well as the straight silver, but I do kinda dig the only slightly pearlescent grey, in a sort of a kitschy-retro sort of a way. It reminds me of his appearance on Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, or even the old bendy figure Colossus (which was actually my first Colossus figure). Colossus included no accessories, unless you want to count that whole second figure that was in the pack.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t get Colossus new, but I have had him for a little while. Some time back, Cosmic Comix got a bunch of Marvel Universe figures in loose, and had them all out for pretty good prices. I had the standard Juggernaut from the line, as well as the Astonishing Colossus, so I didn’t pay this set much mind as a two-pack. However, this guy on his own, as a easy way of getting a classic Colossus, definitely had some appeal to me. The sculpt is one of the finest the line produced, and the paint may be a little out there, but I can appreciate him for what they were trying to do. Maybe he wouldn’t be anyone’s fist choice, but I really like him.