X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“The strongest of the X-Men, Colossus has the awesome mutant ability to turn his body into living steel! When he is in his living steel form, Colossus can lift as many as forty cars at once. His steel body is so hard that not even a bomb blast can hurt him! Normally Colossus is a quiet and gentle man, but when an evil mutant attacks, Colossus can be as fearsome a foe as any X-Man!”
Okay, so, umm, I was doing this thing where I was trying to work through Toy Biz’s X-Men line series by series. And I was doing pretty good. And then I was double checking things and realized I jumped the gun going to Series 2, so I have to do just the tiniest bit of back-tracking and take a look at the team’s resident metal bruiser, Colossus!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Colossus is the final figure in Series 1 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. At the time of this figure’s release, Piotr had been on the team pretty consistently since his introduction in the ’70s, so he was a natural choice for the line-up. He’s seen here in his classic costume, which he had just returned to at the time of the figure’s release. The figure stands 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. All of the figures in the set were originally designed with the lessened articulation, but most of them had it upgraded by the time they hit stores. Colossus, for whatever reason, was one of two exceptions to this rule. His sculpt is definitely scrawnier than later Colossi, but honestly he’s not that bad, especially in comparison to the rest of the assortment. He’s actually a lot more proportionately balanced than most of them, so he looks pretty decent. He’s rather pre-posed, in order facilitate his action feature. What is this amazing action feature, you ask? Well, there’s this lever on his back, and when you pull it down, his arms lift upward, in a weight-lifting sort of action. I don’t know that it’s really worth the investment the figure gives it, but it’s not the worst. The paintwork on Colossus is clean and bright. It’s pretty basic, but it works. Colossus is packed with a large weight, in order to help sell that weight lifting feature. It’s a little tricky to keep him standing with it, but it’s doable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Colossus was not part of my collection growing up. He was, however, part of my brother’s collection. And as of late, my brother’s been purging a lot of his old figures, and Colossus was the only one I was missing, so, hey, that worked out pretty alright. There have been better Colossus figures, but as far as 5-inch figures go, he actually still brings quite a bit to the table.