X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“A survivor from a parallel Earth ruled by the evil Apocalypse, Dark Nemesis now seeks to take over the world of the X-Men. Hoping to start his empire with the Nation of Japan, Dark Nemesis enlists the other-worldly space ninja Deathbird and her advance Sh’ar technology for his plot. With a mind-controlled ninja Sabretooth enforcing Dark Nemesis’s will even Ninja Wolverine and Ninja Psylocke may not survive against his unbelievable power.”
Today, I fully intended to review the Wolfenstein II Terror Billy figure. It’s been on the schedule for a couple weeks, and everything. So, why am I not reviewing Billy? Well, see, Monday night, I dropped my camera and broke it beyond repair….Yeah, wasn’t a great evening. I’ve got a replacement on the way, but in the mean time, I’m back to reviewing stuff I’ve already got pictures of on hand. Dark Nemesis just happened to be one such figure, so tangerine jelly bean over here gets reviewed today. Woo!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Dark Nemesis was released during Toy Biz’s ‘90s X-Men line. He was in the eighteenth series of the line, which was inexplicably ninja-themed. Which apparently was the perfect assortment for Dark Nemesis, cuz he’s always been so tied to the whole ninja thing, right? It’s worth noting that this character got a name-change from comics to toy. In the comics, he’s called “Holocaust,” which was rightfully deemed a bit much for a line of toys aimed at children. So, instead, he was given his pre-Horseman of Apocalypse monicker of “Nemesis” plus the Dark descriptor. Because the kids dig dark, or whatever. The figure stands about 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. He gets no elbow movement (which was fairly standard for figures of this build), and due his design also has no neck movement, so he’s a little bit on the stiff side. But, then, the character was never super mobile either, so it’s not too terrible, truth be told. His sculpt was unique to him, and it’s a fairly decent recreation of Nemesis’ oh-so-dated design. I like the internal skeleton thing a lot, and the whole clear plastic construction in general is pretty cool. They’ve also played down some of the more crazy aspects of the design, which was probably a step in the right direction. In terms of paint, a lot of the design relies on the previously mentioned clear plastic, bit he’s got a healthy helping of red accent work, which does a pretty astoundingly good job of capturing Nemesis’ admittedly unique color scheme. There’s a very cool energy effect, which I think really helps him to pop. Dark Nemesis is packed with one accessory: a projectile-launching staff. It’s not really something the character was known for, nor does it really fit the ninja theme of the assortment. Odd choice. I guess it’s better than nothing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite actually being familiar with the character around the time this figure was released (I knew him from his appearances in X-Man), I didn’t get this guy new. In fact, I only just got him in Novemeber. I found him loose at House of Fun, and grabbed him to help complete my 5-inch X-Men collection. He’s not the most playable figure, but he’s still pretty fun, and he certainly looks unique on the shelf.