X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Studying the genetic structure of Scott Summers’ family for many years, Mister Sinister took special care when mutating Cyclops into the one-eyed mutant monster Cyclaw! A bizarre genetic creation, Cyclaw is a one-eyed beast with optic blasts that disintegrate whatever they hit! Completely under the control of Mister Sinister, Cyclaw is Sinister’s chief weapon against the remaining X-Men!”
At the end of the ’90s X-Men toyline from Toy Biz, they got much more experimental with themes. 1997 seemed to hit peak levels of weirdness for that experimentalness, including turning a bunch of the team into monsters. You know, as you do. Amongst the X-Men getting all monster-ized was Cyclops. Big surprise, I have a Cyclops figure to review. I know. Crazy. Anyway, let’s look at the figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops is part of the “Monster Armor” series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, which was the line’s 20th assortment. He was the line’s sixth version of Cyclops. The standard portion of the figure is sporting Scott’s Jim Lee costume, which made its second appearance in the scale here, after Cyclops II. The figure stands just over 5 inches tall and has 8 points of articulation. This assortment’s articulation set-up marked a move towards slightly less posable, and slightly more detailed sculpts, as Toy Biz attempted to emulate some of the McFarlane style that had become so popular towards the end of the decade. Scott made out alright, though he lost elbow and knee movement. On the flip side, he got universal joints at the shoulders, and a swivel at the waist. I’ve actually looked at most of this figure’s sculpt before; it was re-used the next year for the X-Men vs Street Fighter version of the character. The unique piece between the two was the head sculpt. This one is a far more intense sculpt, with his head back and his expression screaming. It’s not exactly an all-purpose sort of sculpt, but I guess it’s unique. It also fits that whole “I’m transforming into a monster” vibe that the whole set was going for. The figure’s paint work was more on the basic side. His colors were very bright; arguably too bright for his design, and that’s something the X-Men vs Street Fighter figure would adjust. Cyclops, like the rest of the series, was packed with a selection of clip-on Monster armor, which turns him into “Cyclaw,” which is kind of a lackluster name. There’s a mask, “gloves”, and “boots.” My figure is missing the feet pieces these days, but beyond that, the remaining pieces are appropriately grotesque and horrifying.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Cyclops was, unsurprisingly, the only one of this set that I got when they were new. Look, I liked Cyclops, okay? He got some play time as my standard Cyclops, before getting pretty quickly replaced by the Vs version. Something about the head always seemed a little off to me, but I really liked the monster set-up, so that got a lot of use. And, honestly, that was kind of the main point, right?