X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Iceman has the mutant ability to turn himself into a being of living ice. Once he does that, he can create almost anything he wants: ice slides, ice weapons, ice shields, not to mention icicles and snowballs. And when he really concentrates, he can create a blinding snowstorm even in the middle of July! But most important of all, the X-Men know that no matter how hot the battle, Iceman always keeps his cool.”
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iceman was released as part of Toy Biz’s first dedicated Repaint series of X-Men, released in late 1993/early 1994, around the main line’s 4th and 5th assortments. He was perhaps the most sensible of the repaint choices, given the issues with the first release. The figure stands a little under 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. It’s the same mold as the prior release, which is a respectable classic Iceman sculpt, and fits in quite nicely with the early line figures. The major difference between this one and the original is now he’s blue. It’s a nice, consistent, transparent blue, which looks really cool, and makes him immediately different from his Series 2 counterpart. He includes the same ice sled piece, which can still work with the freezing gimmick, with a little bit less risk of him breaking right away. That said, you have to be careful with these things, especially given the age of the plastics.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back when I was a kid, this was the Iceman that my dad had in his collection, so I got to use it with my collection from time to time. I never had one of my own, but did eventually get the re-release of the clear version from KB a few years later. I eventually found this guy on his own in a bin of loose figures a few years ago, and, viola, now I have both. Woo-hoo!