X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Concerned about the growing menace of evil mutants, FBI agent Carl Denti assembled an arsenal of weapons obtained from the X-Men’s greatest foes. Now, in the guise of the X-Cutioner, he seeks out those mutants he deems a threat to human society, and ruthlessly eliminates them!”
Ah, yes, X-Cutioner. Guy with a name that’s so ’90s X-Men that it actually got used twice, because, if you can believe it, this guy who is named “X-Cutioner” has absolutely nothing to do the the big grand X-crossover “X-Cutioner’s Song” from ’92. I know, I was as shocked as you. You feel like two uses of the same really stupid misspelling would be at least a little related, right? No, that’s stupid! What was I thinking?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
X-Cutioner was released in the “Mutant Genesis” Series, the tenth assortment of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. He hit in 1995, just two years after the character’s debut in the comics, which is a pretty short turn around time when you get right down to it. X-Cutioner is the last figure from his assortment that I’ve taken a look at, and, were it not for freaking Senyaka, he’d be the most obscure of a rather low tier list of characters. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. His movement scheme is up to the standard count, but isn’t really a standard set-up, thanks to the wonky set-up of the right arm and the presence of the hood piece on his head. His sculpt is a rather stiff one, surprising for this late in the game. By this point, the stances were getting a little looser, but X-Cutioner seemed to miss the memo. He did get the memo on the super swoll muscles, though, so I guess that’s good. He’s not gonna look out of place. X-Cutioner had one of those color schemes that looked like he threw darts at the wall to decide what to use, and that’s replicated here. The silver makes sense, but the blue and the two colors of green, plus that weird orange/brown are all rather odd looking. X-Cutioner included his mask/hood piece, which could fit down over his head and generally improves the look of the figure. He also had two weapons, which mine is missing. He also had a spinning feature worked into his right arm, for spinning purposes, of course.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
X-Cutioner is a figure that I definitely remember seeing as a kid, but also one that I definitely remember not really wanting. He’s never been much of a presence in the comics, nor is he a particularly exciting design. But, I’m all about those ’90s Toy Biz figures, so I’m slowly but surely picking everyone up as I find them. This guy came into All Time about 2 months ago, with a bunch of others. Yeah, he’s missing his weapons, but honestly, is that really stopping me now?