X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
In the Series 3 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, the original line-up included a Havok figure, who, like US Agent and Adam Warlock later would be, was cut from the line-up due to the slow-roll of scaling back how many figures were in each assortment. Unlike those two, however, Havok was scrapped before getting to the prototyping stage, so the only thing we saw of him was an illustration of his head alongside the others in the assortment on the card backs for that set. While Havok would of course make his way into the line proper several years later as part of the Invasion Series, that was after he had changed over to his X-Factor team uniform. His classic attire would go un-produced for another six years, when it would finally make its way into toy form as an exclusive through ToyFare magazine. I’ll be looking at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Havok was offered up as an exclusive mail-away figure in ToyFare #16, officially going up for order at the end of 1998, and arriving to collectors in early 1999. Though clearly designed to accent Toy Biz’s ongoing X-Men line, the only branding on his fairly simple white box was his own name and the ToyFare logo. Honestly, it was a bit surprising that he got anything at all, as earlier figures had just been in plain white boxes. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and he has an impressive 16 points of articulation. Havok is based on the body of the Spider-Man line’s Daredevil, one of Toy Biz’s very best bodies from their 5-inch days, not only on a sculpt front, but especially on an articulation front. It also was a fairly blank canvas, which made it a decent starting point for Havok. There are some remnant details for the glove, boot, and belt lines, but given that he’s all black, they’re easy enough to look past. Havok’s head sculpt is borrowed from Black Bolt, but with the tuning fork on the head removed and replaced with Havok’s usual head gear. That head gear does have a tendency to come loose if you’re not careful, and the actual head’s eye holes on the mask don’t line up with Havok’s, but it’s generally an okay set-up, and certainly good given the standards for prior exclusives up to this point. Havok’s paint work is fairly basic, but follows the design well. It does have to contend with the sculpt not matching with the paint on the head, but it could be worse. It hits the right notes, and that’s what’s important. Havok included no accessories, but I’m honestly not sure what he could have gotten.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s again a Havok figure’s fault for a huge chunk of my collecting. I know; you’re all terribly surprised. I already had the main line Havok by this point, but when this guy was announced as an exclusive and I read about it on my main source for toy news, one Raving Toy Maniac, I was all about getting him, which meant buying my first issue of this weird ToyFare thing. Upon reading this weird ToyFare thing, I was pretty well hooked, and got myself a subscription, which I hung onto until rather close to the end of the magazine’s publication. It undoubtedly was responsible for me being as up-to-date with toys as I was at the time, and got me buying plenty of things I would have otherwise not even known had existed. Havok himself is a pretty nice little figure. Sure, he’s mostly repaint, but he’s a good repaint, and probably one of the stronger 5-inch Marvel exclusives from ToyFare.