X-FORCE (TOY BIZ)
“Stryfe is the mysterious evil mutant who could be Cable’s brother – or perhaps even Cable himself! No one knows the truth about this fearsome warrior, and anyone who came close to finding out learned never to do it again! Styfe’s armor is not only shatter-proof, it’s packed with amazing weapons systems. But his most dangerous weapon is his energy mace – with just a touch it can destroy a skyscraper.”
Ah, Stryfe. He’s so ’90s, it’s painful. Definition of try-hard. Just way too much going on. Ooooh, what if he’s Cable? Or what if he’s a clone? And what if he looks like Wolverine, but with more Wolverine stuff shoved on his face? But he’s also in a full suit of armor? And he’s maybe a telepath? And there’s a random “y” in his name, in place of the proper vowel? See what I mean? Too much going on. He’s just so hard to follow. At least he had a short run of action figures, I guess. Well, here’s the first one of those.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Stryfe was released in Series 1 of Toy Biz’s X-Force line. He was one of two outright villains in the first assortment, the other being the wonderfully named “Forearm.” Gotta love that one. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall and he has 10 points of articulation, as well as a flip-up helmet. The figure’s sculpt was all-new. Apart from the head, which was re-used for one of the X-Men boxed sets later down the line, it was a sculpt that remained unique. I looked at the slightly miniaturized version of the sculpt when it was in the Steel Mutants line-up, and I wasn’t particularly enamored by it at the time. I’m still not really enamored by it here. He’s scrawny, strangely shaped, and still largely devoid of detailing. The flip-up helmet is an interesting concept, but it just winds up looking really strange. It’s just so flat, and the underlying head just winds up looking silly. The cape piece is removable, and….well, it connects at a very unfortunate spot, right in the middle of the butt. Yes, this figure has a butthole. Why connect it there? Doesn’t it just feel like it’s asking for trouble? The paint work on this figure is very basic. Lots of silver. All very flat. It’s alright. Stryfe was packed with his weirdly shaped mace, which is just about as goofy as he is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t like Stryfe. I’ve never liked Stryfe. This figure’s always looked lame, and I stand by that. I bought him because I want all of them, and he was cheap because I bought him loose. He’s not great. He’s really not. He’s a try-hard, and that comes through on the figure, too. I guess it could be worse. It could be Ahab. But that’s not a lot to clear, really.