X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“As the high-flying Angel, Warren Worthington III was one of the original members of the X-Men. Years later, Worthington’s real wings were dissected, replaced with razor sharp wings of steel, and he was transformed into Archangel, one of the four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Now, having fought against the conditioning that tainted and turned him into a living weapon, Archangel has embraced his humanity and strives to regain the purity that once surrounded him.”
The Toy Biz X-Men line came out of the gate pretty strong, marking off a good chunk of the core X-Men. By a few years into the line, they were steadily supplying updates to those core characters. While characters such as Wolverine or Cyclops were central to the then-running cartoon, and therefore higher on list for updates, Warren Worthington III, aka Archangel only had a guest-starring role on the show. It was still enough to justify another figure, and so here we are!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Archangel II was released in the Invasion Series of X-Men, the eleventh assortment of the line. Archangel was included in the initial cases of the series, but was replaced in later cases by the previously-reviewed Erik the Red, making this version of Archangel ultimately the rarer figure. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. Archangel II debuted an all-new sculpt, one that would prove a favorite of Toy Biz over the years. Though I haven’t actually managed to review any of the later uses (something that kind of baffles me, honestly), it was used *a lot* over the years. This is where is kicked off, though, so that’s pretty cool. It’s an okay sculpt, but what’s somewhat interesting is that it doesn’t really feel like it works as well for Archangel as it did for the later figures it was used for, despite being sculpted specifically for this guy. The build seems perhaps a touch bulky for Warren, but ultimately, it’s the head that seems the most off. It’s also rather bulky, and I’m not sure exactly what that facial expression is, but it seems a bit unpleasant. The new wings were actually pretty decent. They were certainly more sizable than the Series 1 version, and the detail work is a little more in depth. The softer material used for them make it a little easier to keep him standing, which is definitely a plus. The paint work on Archangel is pretty decent. It covers all of the basics of his hideous colorscheme from the time period, and the application is all pretty strong. Mine’s taken a little bit of a beating, but that’s kind of the usual for these guys. Archangel didn’t include any accessories, but he did get a wing-flapping action feature. It’s super goofy, but I enjoy it and all its hokiness.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Okay, so consulting my records shows that I *have* talked about Ageless Heroes here on the site, back when I reviewed Bespin Luke. I got a good chunk of 5-inch Marvel figures that way, and Archangel was amongst that grouping of figures. He was one of those figures that was kind of rare when he was new and I was getting into collecting. I recall seeing him on the back of the packaging for a few of my figures, so when I found him at Ageless Heroes, I was pretty excited. Ultimately, he’s maybe not the best Archangel, but I still appreciate him for what he is.