#1782: Juggernaut

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X-MEN (TOY BIZ)

“Incredibly strong, virtually invulnerable, and with a body almost bursting with evil mutant power, Juggernaut is the ultimate mutant battering ram. Juggernaut is unstoppable… he can smash his way through anything, even a mountain! His skin is so tough not even Archangel’s paralyzing darts can penetrate it. The only way to defeat him is to tear off his helmet and knock him out… something that, thanks to his battering ram-like fists, is almost impossible!”

He’s the Juggernaut, biscuits!  What, isn’t that the quote?  No?  Eh, close enough.  Hey look, it’s another Toy Biz Juggernaut figure.  Been a while since I’ve looked at one of those, right?

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Juggernaut was released in Series 1 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line.  He’s the final of the three villains offered this first time around.  He uses Juggernaut’s main design, which was, at this time, still the his only real look, so I guess that makes sense.  The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 4 points of articulation.  Alongside Colossus, he was one of two figures in this assortment not to get the mid-limb joints added before going to production.  The end result, especially when combined with the design of his helmet, which removes any opportunity for neck movement, is a figure that’s rather on the stiff side.  He’s also somewhat on the small side.  Sure, he’s a little bulkier than the other figures in the series, but not much taller, so he doesn’t quite cast the imposing silhouette that later Juggernaut figures would possess.  Size and posability aside, his sculpt is actually a decent enough piece of work, at least internally.  Goofy?  Absolutely.  But, compared to others in the set, he’s on par, and there are certainly some fun smaller details, such as the little rivets at the base of the helmet.  That’s a nice extra little touch.  Juggernaut’s paintwork is pretty standard stuff, being variations of brown, or dark orange at least.  He’s a little pale, and the contrast between the shades of his costume is a little low key, but overall it’s pretty clean application.  Juggernaut’s not usually one for accessories, but Toy Biz felt the need to give him *something* so he gets…uhh…I guess it’s a battering ram?  Because I guess he needed extra battering power?  Perhaps he was a little too “stoppable” as was.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Juggernaut is another one of those figures that I don’t quite so clearly remember the acquisition of.  Shot in the dark says he was a KB Toys purchase, because that’s where most of these came from.  He’s been with me for a good long while is the point.  Sure, he’s not the best Juggernaut from Toy Biz, but he matches the rest of the earlier figures, and he’s certainly got his own charm.

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#1364: Juggernaut

JUGGERNAUT

X-MEN (TOY BIZ)

“Virtually unstoppable and possessing super-human strength, the Juggernaut is one of the X-Men’s oldest and most powerful foes! Gaining his power from the mystic Cyttorak gem, the Juggernaut is vulnerable to psychic attack-but only when his helmet is removed! With a jealousy and hatred for his brother Charles Xavier, the Juggernaut will not stop until he has destroyed the X-Men!”

Okay, so two weeks ago I said this month was gonna be really Marvel heavy.  The last two weeks haven’t been as Marvel heavy as I’d initially anticipated, but this week I’m throwing in the towel and just doing a whole week of Marvel.  Strap in, guys. Let’s start the week off with an entry from the behemoth that was Toy Biz’s ‘90s X-Men line.  It’s one of the team’s oldest foes, Cain Marko, better known as the unstoppable Juggernaut!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Juggernaut was released in the “Light-Up Weapons Series” of Toy Biz’s X-Men line; it was the thirteenth series in the line.  This marks Juggernaut’s second figure in the line, following his inclusion in Series 1.  This one marked an improvement in size, detail, and articulation.  The figure stands about 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation.  The articulation is a bit down from the usual for the line at the time (he loses movement in the arms to allow for the light-up deal), but was actually an improvement over the prior figure.  This guy had an all-new sculpt (which would later be partially re-used for the X-Men vs. Street Fighter version).  It’s not perfect, but it was a solid offering at the time.  He’s suitably bulked up, though the arms are definitely a bit on the long side, and conversely, the legs seem a bit short.  The musculature is rather exaggerated, but it’s the sort of thing that you expect to see with Juggernaut.  The big selling point of this guy was the inclusion of a removable helmet, allowing you to replicate said helmet’s removal at the end of like every fight he’s ever had with the X-Men.  The head under the helmet gives us a rather angry looking Cain Marko, who looks to be patterned after his appearance on the ‘90s animated series. The actual helmet is fairly nicely handled.  It lines up well with the face and it sits tight on his head.  The paint work on this guy is generally pretty decent.  It could have been somewhat drab, but there’s actually a nice bit of variety to the various shades of brown and such to keep it interesting.  That’s definitely a nice touch.  In addition to the removable helmet, Juggernaut also includes a…hammer…thing?  Not 100% sure what it is, but it’s the light-up bit of the figure.  Some of the light-up features made more sense than others.  This one’s nearer the bottom of the list of sensibility.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I originally got this version of Juggernaut at the same time as my first Light-Up Gambit figure; he was a gift from my Grandparents on my mom’s side.  This was the one of the two that I wanted the most, largely due to that awesome removable helmet.  I’m not 100% sure what happened to that figure.  Suffice to say, I needed a replacement, which was one of the handful of figures I grabbed from Bobakhan Toys at the beginning of the summer.  He’s still one of my favorite Juggernaut figures, goofy light-up feature and all.

#1053: Juggernaut

JUGGERNAUT

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES (HASBRO)

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We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming…

I’m sure those of you who were anxiously awaiting the final figure from my recent X-Men Legends reviews were quite put out with yesterday’s Star Trek-themed review.  Or maybe you weren’t.  You probably weren’t.  Regardless, we’re back with the X-Men today, taking a look at the latest X-Men-themed Build-A-Figure, the unstoppable Juggernaut!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

juggernauthas2Juggernaut is, unsurprisingly, the Build-A-Figure for the Juggernaut series of Marvel Legends, which has started hitting stores in the last month or so.  This is Juggernaut’s second Legends figure, and his first since way back in Series 6 of Toy Biz’s run with the line*.  Like that figure, this guy is sporting his classic attire, which makes sense.  None of his other designs have really caught on the same way.  The figure stands about 9 1/2 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation.  Juggernaut is one of the largest of the more recent, dwarfing everyone but the Hulkbuster B-a-F.  He’s built on a body that hasn’t seen use before, but I feel almost certain will see re-use down the line.  In many ways, the construction of this figure is quite similar to Hasbro’s Marvel Universe Juggernaut from several years ago.  That was a very good figure, and by extension, so is this guy.  The build is definitely absurdly large, but appropriately so for Juggernaut.  While most of the figure is fairly smooth and clean, the armored bits, belt, and boots all feature some pretty awesome texture juggernauthas3work, which makes him look suitably worn-in, which definitely works for the character.  The helmet and head are separate pieces, but they are glued together, and the head is just the face and jaw, so it’s not meant to be removed, which is one of two minor issues I have with the figure.  The other is the facial features on the underlying face.  They’re alright, but the eyes feel just a touch too far apart, especially compared to the size of the mouth.  It’s not immediately apparent, though, and it’s not like he’s never been drawn that way in the comics.  The paintwork on Juggernaut is pretty decent.  It’s mostly pretty basic, but mostly pretty clean.  There’s a bit of extra detailing on the armored parts, which helps to accent the sculpted texturing.  Juggernaut has no accessories, but he’s kind of an accessory himself, and he hardly feels like a rip-off, just given the sheer size of the figure.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

If you follow the site, you should have a good idea of where Juggernaut came from; he was pieced together from the parts included with all those X-Men Legends I worked so hard to find.  Despite how hard I was looking for the figures, I think Juggernaut may be the fastest I’ve completed a B-a-F (barring when I buy a complete set online).  I always wanted the Toy Biz Legends Juggernaut, so I’m quite happy to have gotten this guy.

All in all, this has been a fantastic set of Marvel Legends, probably my favorite since the Infinite Series re-launch.  Juggernaut is an awesome Build-A-Figure, and I can’t say I resent having to pick up any of the figures that made him.  In fact, several of the figures here are some of the best Hasbro’s put out.  I hope they can keep up this quality!

*Fun fact:  With the exception of the somewhat tacked-on Thomas Jane Punisher, all of the Series 6 figures (Wolverine, Phoenix, Deadpool, and Juggernaut) received updates in the Juggernaut series.

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