X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“The villainous cyborg known only as Bonebreaker desires nothing more than the chance to wreak havoc. Employing his robotic abilities first as a mercenary and then as a member of the nefarious Reavers, Bonebreaker leaves a trail of destruction wherever his travels lead him!”
Man, we are just jumping into the deep end with the obscure ’90s X-Men characters, aren’t we? I mean, it’s kinda hard to top Senyaka and his lack of any staying power in the slightest, so that does give today’s entry a slight leg up…okay, so not “leg up”…because, you know, the lack of legs and all. Tank up? Tread up? Ah, this is definitely way too much thought to put into a Bonebreaker intro. Look, he’s half-man, half-tank. It’s pretty cut and dry stuff, really.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Bonebreaker was released in Series 7 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. It was the final series to be released solely on the more character-specific short cards, which actually proved a little tricky for the breaker of bones here, since they had to manage fitting his lower half into the package with him. You have to wonder if that may have slightly influenced the decision to go to the larger cards. By and large, Series 7’s line-up is one of the softer selection of characters in this line, with only two real “heavy hitters” in the line-up, one of them being quite possibly the most boring Wolverine the line ever produced. Of the remaining five figures, Bonebreaker may possibly be amongst the best known (although I myself tend to favor Ch’od and Raza on that front; it really comes down to which era of the comics you’re most familiar with). Why am I talking so much about all of this not Bonebreaker stuff? I don’t know. I’m honestly not sure I can bear to talk only about Bonebreaker for quite this long. But, I suppose I’ve stalled for long enough. The figure stands 3 inches tall and has 7 points of articulation, as well as rolling wheels (though not proper moving treads, unfortunately). There aren’t exactly a lot of potential posing options with this guy, but it’s not exactly for lack of trying; there’s really only so much you can do with the design. The sculpt is decent enough for the time, with a pretty on-brand sculpt for the human portions. His lower tank half is actually pretty impressive, with fairly sharp and solid technical detailing throughout. It rivals Ch’od for the best sculpting work in this assortment. The paint work on Bonebreaker is fairly drab and basic, which I guess is more or less a clean translation of the source material. The tank’s sculpt kind of suffers here, because the nice detail work ends up getting a bit lost in all that un-painted turquoise plastic. It’s perhaps not the best choice of coloring. Bonebreaker was originally packed with two guns, one hand-held, and the other for mounting to the tank. I have neither. For shame.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Bonebreaker’s a figure I remember seeing…a lot. This whole assortment (barring Rogue) was everywhere for a long time, but Bonebreaker is the one I recall seeing the most. I didn’t get one, I guess because the design didn’t really speak to me, and because his appearance in X-Men: The Animated Series wasn’t one of my favorites. But, I’m getting pretty serious about the Toy Biz X-Men collection, so I ended up picking up Bonebreaker here loose while on vacation last summer. He’s honestly a bit better than I’d expected, and I’d like to see how he might turn out in Legends form.