X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Captured and restrained, Sabretooth, one of the X-Men’s most bitter enemies, has reached out to Professor Xavier for help. Sabretooth has never held back the more bestial side of his personality, and now that same side threatens to overwhelm him. A hostile air hangs throughout the mansion as the X-Men share their home with this ‘guest’, knowing that until his savage urge is suppressed, Sabretooth remains a ferocious animal, chained in a cage.”
As Wolverine’s most recurring nemesis (who, amusingly enough, started with no connection to Wolverine in the slightest), Sabretooth has generally had decent luck when it comes to the world of toys. In the ’90s, when Wolverine was filling up every peg, Sabretooth was making the rounds with him. Toy Biz had already covered his two actual costumed looks, but lucky them, there was another look floating around in the comics at the time, just ripe for the toy making.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captive Sabretooth was released in 1995 as part of the “Invasion” series, the eleventh series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. He’s based on Sabretooth’s appearance from roughly around the same time in the comics, while he was in captivity at the X-Mansion, as described in the figure’s bio. It’s a more “civilian” appearance, though certainly plays up the more bestial side as well. The figure stands 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation. I’ve looked at the majority of this figure’s sculpt before, when it was rather oddly re-used for a Wolverine figure in 1997 as part of the Battle Blasters line-up. I was not very kind to it that time, because it’s really wrong for a Wolverine, since it’s, you know, not one. Even for it’s intended purpose as a Sabretooth, it’s still really not great. I mean, I guess it’s slightly less awful in this context, but only slightly. It still remains a rather hideous and really stiff in terms of movement. It’s also got a rather lame action feature, which is partially responsible for the stiffness and the ugliness. The figure’s color scheme is at least more character appropriate this time, and not trying to again force the sculpt into something it’s not. It’s still not great, being rather drab and a bit uninspired if I’m honest, but at least the application’s pretty clean. Captive Sabretooth was originally packaged with a set of restraints, which mine is missing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Though the Invasion Series was the one on shelves when I started collecting, this was not anywhere near my first Sabretooth. In fact, it was one of my last, only being added to my collection a couple of years ago, when I found it in a bag of other figures at the 2nd Avenue near my house. Given how inexpensive he was, it was kind of hard to pass him up. I can’t say I really like this figure all that much, but he’s also not the worst thing Toy Biz did at the time.