X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“The X-Man known as Wolverine will travel anywhere for a good fight with the forces of evil – even to the far reaches of outer space! Wolverine’s space armor protects him from the hostile conditions of deep space, while still allowing him to bring his adamantium claws to bear on alien evildoers! Even in this harsh environment, Wolverine is still the best there is at what he does!”
The eighth assortment of Toy Biz’s X-Men line was the first to properly theme itself, being based on the Pheonix Saga, which had just been adapted for the cartoon. While a number of the character choices were pretty self-explanatory, they were still faced with a need for a Wolverine variant. So, they kind of made one? I mean, it’s not too far of a reach. It’s a space suit variant, and in both comics and cartoon, the team does go into space. Never in anything that looks like this, but still…
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Space Wolverine was, as noted in the into, released in the eighth series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. He marked the line’s first dabble into made up Wolverine variants, something that anyone who followed the Day of Wolverines will know was far from at its end here. At least this one was tame, I suppose. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall (continuing the upward size trend on Wolverines) and has 8 points of articulation. Due to a returning of the Series 1 style retractable claws, he lacks any sort of elbow movement, but at least the posing isn’t quite as stiff as it was on the Street Clothes Wolverine. As far as sculpting goes, this Wolverine gets a head that’s really similar to Wolverine II’s, albeit with some slightly sharper details. The body is kind of on the wide side, at least in contrast to previous Wolverines. It does match the overall bulking up trend that Logan went through as the line and the decade progressed, however. The space suit for some reason doesn’t actually cover Wolverine’s whole body, leaving part of his costume exposed. I guess his costume really doesn’t breathe? That can’t be all that comfortable, can it? Like going everywhere in a tyvek suit. Yuck. I guess it helps with branding, though, so there’s that. In terms of paint, Wolverine again stays on-brand, with what we see of his costume being the usual colors, and the space suit continuing those general colors, but in a more metallic sense, so it’s more golds instead of yellows. It honestly works pretty well. There was also a variant of this figure released a bit later alongside a CD-Rom including the original Phoenix Saga issues, which swapped out the gold for a metallic blue. I also have this figure…somewhere. Unfortunately, all I could find at the time of this review was his helmet. Maybe I’ll find him and I can run an addendum, I guess. For the original release, as with all of the Phoenix Saga figures, there were two releases, once with the short card and once with the wider card the following year. The initial version included just his removable helmet, second version(which is the one I had) added a gun and two of Shatterstar’s swords to the mix.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was still new to the collecting game when these guys came out, so I got most of the assortment new, Wolverine included. He was a gift to me from my parents, shortly after we moved into the house they live in now, and I recall that he was accompanied by an X-Men carrying case to keep all of my figures in (which was a far more realistic goal back when I received the case and it could actually hold all of my X-Men figures). He’s a little more gimmicky than earlier Wolverines, but he is at least a somewhat sensible variant.