GENERATION X (TOY BIZ)
“The former White Queen of the sinister Inner Circle, the telepathic Emma Frost, recently re-evaluated her philosophy and alliances. As a result, she has accepted Professor Charles Xavier’s offer to join Banshee in training Generation X, the next class of young mutants enrolled at his school. Shrewd, manipulative, and hardened by her villainous past, Emma Frost will provide the tough guidance necessary for her new students to make it through the turbulent times ahead.”
During the events of the X-Men crossover “Phalanx Covenant”, Marvel formed a new X-team, Generation X. It was a bunch of younger mutants (essentially the ’90s answer to the New Mutants, who by this point had all been folded into X-Force and X-Factor), under the tutelage of two reformed X-foes: Banshee, who’d been on the main team for years, and the very recently reformed Emma Frost, aka the White Queen. The reformed White Queen angle wound up sticking, and she’s pretty much been there since. Her Generation X run wound up getting Emma her first action figure, which is pretty cool, all things considered.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
White Queen was released in Series 2 of Toy Biz’s Generation X line. After years with more or less the same look, Generation X had placed her in a more toned down outfit. It’s not classic White Queen, but a solid argument can be made that it’s far more appropriate for a toyline that’s selling at mass retail. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall (the Generation X line as a whole was just a touch scaled up), and she has 5 points of articulation. The articulation on this figure is more or less pointless. She’s kind of just a statue that you can slightly move the head and arms on. The hip joints in particular are rather pointless. Any real change means she can’t stand at all. So, she just really stands there. Which, I guess, is what Emma tends to do in the comics. You know what, I guess it’s the perfect set-up, isn’t it? The sculpt is a rather stylized one. Her hands are notably quite large, and the body’s got some definite pre-posed-ness to it. The proportions are generally just all over the place, and she winds up looking a little bit odd. I do like how the detailing on the outfit worked out, though. The paint work on White Queen was the source of a variant for the figure. The main release has a flesh tone painted on the upper legs, suggesting she’s wearing short shorts, while a rarer version of the release drops the extra paint app, and effectively gives her pants. Not huge change, but there it is. There was also a later variation of the figure in the Marvel Hall of Fame line, dubbed “Black Queen,” which, predictably, swaps black in for all of the white parts, as well as the hair. Presumably, it’s supposed to be Selene, but it really just winds up looking like Emma’s going through a goth phase. White Queen’s orignal release was packed with a Psychic Energy Spear, whatever that is, as well as the Generation X display stand. Black Queen gets the same Spear, but in silver. Again, no clue what it is, but, you know, there it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
There was a long trek to getting all of the variants of this particular figure. I got the standard release version first, courtesy of Jess, who bought it for me from Power Comics, the comic shop near our apartment when we first moved in together in 2016. A few years later, I picked up Black Queen loose at a toy show in 2018. And, I finally wrapped it up with the variant of White Queen, which I snagged from a collection that came into All Time in 2021. They’re all kind of goofy, and not particularly unique, but there’s a novelty behind how I got them all, which is pretty nice.