X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“One of the youngest X-Men, Bobby Drake always resigned himself to the role of the jokester, using his ice powers to cool off the attitudes of his more serious team-mates. But for the short time the White Queen inhabited his body, Iceman’s powers were pushed to the max, affecting his appearance and the performance of his mutant ability. Now back in control of his own body, Iceman has begun to redefine himself, testing his limits to discover how powerful he really is.”
Though a founding member of the team, Iceman was not really one of the X-Men’s most prominent members in the ‘90s, at least when it came time to make the cartoon and pick its main cast of characters. He got one guest appearance, but that was all, and subsequently, he didn’t get a *ton* of coverage in the toy line at the time, either. Granted, he still got a little bit of coverage, by virtue of that whole helping to found the team, thing, so he wasn’t left completely high and dry.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iceman II was released in the Invasion Series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. In the comics, Bobby’s body had been taken over by Emma Frost for a brief period of time, and she’d unlocked Bobby’s ability to actually make himself out of ice, resulting in a slightly different appearance for the character, which this figure was based on. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. I’ve actually looked at most of this figure before, as all but the head was re-used for the Mutant Armor version of the character. It’s not a bad sculpt at all, and the head included here is a rare look at a proper Bobby Drake face, albeit a slightly icy one. The whole sculpt was used again for a two-pack release with Pyro in 2000, but with a slightly different coloring (which is the one seen next to Wilson in the photos). The standard release of this one was molded in clear blue plastic, with a little bit of white airbrushed on to help give him that frosted appearance. It didn’t work so well on the Mutant armor release, but I think it looks a bit better here. For the two pack, he was a more opaque blue, which also isn’t a bad look. Iceman II (and the two pack release) was packed with two ice hand attachments, done up to match the figure’s finish. They’re a pretty cool extra.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I didn’t have the original Iceman II in my collection as a kid (though I did have the two-pack version, who I mostly got because I wanted the Pyro he was packed with), I do remember looking at him during the mega 5-inch figure purchase period that was local comic shop Ageless Heroes going out of business back in 2000. I almost picked this figure up at the time, as I was working on putting together a set of Champions figures. However, I already had *an* Iceman, even if it wasn’t this one, so I refrained in favor of someone I didn’t already own (fairly certain it was Black Widow). This one here came into my collection via a bunch of figures that just came into All Time a few weeks ago. He was complete and I didn’t already have him, so why not?