MARVEL’S MOST WANTED (TOY BIZ)
“In an alternate world where Charles Xavier has died and Apocalypse rules supreme, Clarice Ferguson is a young mutant struggling to stay alive. Fighting alongside the astonishing X-Men, Blink uses her super powers of teleportation for the good of mankind. Her mutant abilities allow her to temporarily “blink” an object out of existence with the aid of a phasing pulse. Few people know that while just a girl, Blink’s life was saved from the forces of Apocalypse by none other than Sabretooth!”
When Toy Biz did their tie-ins for the “Age of Apocalypse” event, they mostly focused on the heavy hitters in their new personas. This left some of the more underdog characters, whose mainstream counterparts weren’t as developed, out of the picture. Thankfully, they found some other avenues for a few of them. Morph found his way out as a ToyFare exclusive, and Holocaust joined the main X-Men line later on, oddly shoehorned into a ninja-themed assortment. Blink, a breakout character who in the mainstream universe was just a throwaway casualty for the original Generation X line-up, found her first foray into the toy world courtesy of the rather bizarrely named Marvel’s Most Wanted line, a figure whom I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Blink was released in 1998 as part of the three figure line-up for Marvel’s Most Wanted, an assortment that featured Blink, X-Man, and Spat & Grovel. Not exactly the heaviest of hitters, the most wanted, or even a particularly cohesive set, but they sure were….um…released all at the same time? Sure, let’s go with that. The figure stands roughly 5 inches tall and she has 14 points of articulation. Her articulation scheme marks an improvement over a lot of what Toy Biz was offering at the time…in some ways. The shoulders are universal joints, and she’s even got wrist movement, but then she’s stuck with v-hips, and no knees. There’s a swivel on one thigh, but not the other, which is strange to say the least. Still, she’s capable of a good deal more poses than other figures of the era. Blink’s sculpt was new to her, and would remain unique for Toy Biz’s run. Since it was prior to any of her post-AoA appearances, she’s based purely on the design from there. It’s a fair choice, especially given that it means she works with the other AoA figures Toy Biz had done up to that point. The sculpt is a decent offering. She’s rather stylized, as well as being slightly pre-posed. Both of these are in keeping with the main line’s AoA assortment in terms of style, as well as the overall evolving designs of Toy Biz’s Marvel stuff at the time. It matches well with Blink’s illustrations from the comics, and is suitably unique. The dynamic nature of the skirt and hair does a nice job of working with the pose, and just making for quite a visually interesting figure. Blink’s color work is generally pretty basic, but it does what it needs to. The application’s all pretty clean, and there’s not any notable bleed over or slop. Blink is packed with a removable cloak, a quiver with removable javelins, and a base meant to look like one of her portals. It’s not a bad selection of extras, given that none of them are really dead weight or fillers, both of which had a tendency to crop up with the Toy Biz stuff.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The only one of this line-up that I had as a kid was X-Man, mostly because he was the only of the characters I actually knew at the time. I first really encountered Blink in Exiles, and by that point, this figure had kind of dried up in terms of availability. I always wanted to pick one up, but it took me a while to get around to it. It was actually Jess who finally got me one. In 2017, we were driving up and down the coast a lot while in the process of a rather slow move, and one of the places we stopped had a Blink. I mentioned to Jess that I had never gotten one, and she made a point of fixing that, because that was just how she was. Blink was actually a favorite of hers as well, so I suppose it was kind of appropriate. As far as first outings go, Blink was pretty solid. She’s stylized and all, but it works for the exact nature of the character, and it’s still one of her better figures. I mean, yeah she only has three, so I guess they’re all kind of high up there, but still…