X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“If the price is right, there’s almost nothing that Random won’t do! And with forearms that transform into powerful blasters, there’s almost nothing he can’t do!”
Perhaps the most enthralling thing about Toy Biz’s ’90s X-Men line was how many “product of their time” characters made their way into the line, just by virtue of their brief moment to shine being during the line’s hey-day. Though not quite as exaggerated a case as some of the characters, Random is still a character who really hasn’t found his footing since the decade that created him, which is probably why his only figure to date comes from that same period.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Random was released in Series 6 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line. He was hardly the most obscure character in the line-up, and marked the second figure in the X-Factor subset started by Strong Guy. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. He lacks any elbow or knee movement, which is a little bit of a bummer. The left elbow makes some sense, but the knees in particular really just don’t add-up. Maybe the extra plastic that went into making this guy a little larger meant they couldn’t cost out those extra joints? The sculpt was unique to Random, and its a pretty respectable translation of his comics design. He’s maybe a little bit squashed, but that’s about it. There’s a lot of pretty nifty details, including sculpted stubble on his face. That’s pretty easily missed, so the fact that they included it is pretty darn impressive. Random’s paint work is mostly pretty basic, but the coolest bit by far is the inclusion of the tattoos on his arms. Those are a lot of fun, and take what could have been a somewhat drab looking character and make him really pop. Random included three missiles, which work with the spring-loaded launcher on his left arm. The two spares can actually be stored to either side of the launcher, which is a nice little touch, allowing you to actually hang onto them when not firing them. The launcher itself isn’t terribly impressive, since there’s not lock or release; you just put it in and it launches right back out.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In my quest to fill in the holes in my Toy Biz X-Men collection, I actually picked this guy up a couple of years ago from a small place called Shazam Comics. He was, I believe, the only action figure in the store, and the owner didn’t even realize he had him. I don’t have much connection to the character, but he does make for a rather nifty figure, and the little touches in the sculpt and paint really make him work.