X-MEN: DELUXE EDITION (TOY BIZ)
“After his interment in a concentration camp, Erik Lehnsherr realized that the only way mutants could survive would be to dominate mankind. Turning his complete control of magnetism to his newfound cause, Lehnsherr became the mutant terorrist Magneto, determined to win freedom from oppression for his fellow mutants, no matter what the cost. His mad dream has only been kept in check thanks to the ever-vigilant actions of the X-Men!”
For Day 6 of the Post Christmas reviews, I’m keeping that 10-inch Marvel thing going. After a more broad Marvel Universe look with Nick Fury, I’m heading over to the ’90s commercial juggernaut that was X-Men. Today’s focus is on the X-Men’s very first baddie, Magneto.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Magneto was released in the second “Deluxe Edition” series of the X-Men line, which preceded the larger Marvel Universe line by a couple of years. The figure stands 10 inches tall and has 8 points of articulation. For whatever reason, he doesn’t have a joint on his right elbow. Left one’s still there, and the smaller counterpart figure has both of them, but this guy doesn’t. I have no clue why, and I don’t know if anyone really does, but there it is. The figure is patterned on the Magneto II figure from the 5-inch line, though, as with a number of these figures, the larger version allows for a much better formed sculpt. In particular, he has less of the odd pin-headed nature that the smaller figure possessed, which makes the figure much more appealing. The arms are still a touch stubby, but that’s a minor complaint. Overall, though, it’s a really strong classic Magneto sculpt, unmarred by the action features that sort of held back the smaller figure. Even his paintwork is a fair bit better. The colors are brighter, the application is cleaner, and the use of molded flesh tone instead of painted makes him look far more lifelike. Magneto was packed with a blaster pistol, because that was just how you did with these figures in the ’90s. Hey, at least it wasn’t a wooden gun, right? That would just break his mind right in two.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Magneto never got a reissue in any of the later lines, unlike a lot of the others, and as one of the more prominent characters released, he never really hung around all that much. As such, I don’t believe I ever saw one in person. Like Fury, this figure was a stocking stuffer from my parents. I actually really like him, and I think he’s one of the line’s nicest offerings. Its kind of a shame he didn’t get any reissues.