X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Any place the other dimensional sorceress known as Spiral chooses to dance her spells of mayhem, is not a good place to be. A humanoid creation of the slave driving television personality Mojo, Spiral’s six arms lend themselves as adeptly to combat skills and swordplay as they do to the casting of spells. Of fleeting allegiance and no apparent agenda, Spiral teleports herself across dimensions searching for ways to satisfy her disorderly whim.”
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spiral was released as part of the Invasion Series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line in 1995, a decade after her debut in the comics. She joined the previously released Longshot, but was rather curiously separated from her boss, who wound up in the X-Force line instead. The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has 9 points of articulation. Though she’s got all those extra arms, it doesn’t do anything to bump up her articulation count, since only the upper-most arms get elbow movement, and they have just a single cut joint running across all three shoulders. It’s odd that she didn’t get at least the elbows, since 6-Arm Spider-Man got those, but I guess they weren’t willing to throw Spider-Man level money at Spiral. Her sculpt was an all-new offering, and never got any re-use, no doubt due to its more unique nature. It’s not too bad. It’s perhaps a little stiff, and the unmoving splayed arms are some what limiting when it comes to posing, but she’s at least a good recreation of Spiral’s comics design. The only weird part is how far her arms jut out to the sides. It’s a side effect of the lack of joints in those arms, since they’d be liable to bash into her legs and sides otherwise. It’s not the worst, I guess, and fits with the general aesthetic of these figures when you get down to it. Spiral’s paint work was generally pretty on point for the character. It’s not one of the more colorful designs of the era, but it also doesn’t make your eyes bleed either, so that’s generally a plus. The application is decent overall, with minimal slop or bleed over. Spiral’s accessories were pretty straight to the point. She had two of the same sword. Only two, despite the four open hands. I know. Seems a little light. She also had an arm-spinning action feature, which was engaged when her legs were squeezed. It’s not actually that bad for a swordswoman, so I’m alright with it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Spiral was a bit of a pegwarmer back in the day, at least according to my dad. Apparently, we saw her a lot, but I wasn’t interested at the time. She was kind of minor on the show, I suppose, which probably contributed. Ultimately, I only just recently got her, because she’s not quite as prevalent as she once was. She came out of a rather large lot of 5 inch Marvel that came in at All Time, most of which ended up coming home with me. She’s not a bad figure, but she does seem a little bit limited by some of Toy Biz’s design choices. Still, I’m glad to have her, and I’ll never say no to another Invasion Series figure.
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