X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“An alien from the Shi’ar galaxy, Ch’od’s monstrous, reptillian form belittles his keen intellect and heroic heart. Once a slave, he has regained his freedom, and now travels the spaceways in the company of the Starjammers, always on the lookout for other victims of tyranny in need of his aid!”
From Amphibian Man to lizard man! Prior to hitting it big over at Marvel with his stint on X-Men, Dave Cockrum had tried to pitch some of characters he’d been holding onto for a while to Marvel Spotlight and Marvel Premiere. Among those concepts was The Starjammers, a group of space pirates who would eventually find their way into the Marvel Universe through the pages of X-Men, where they became the crew of Cyclops and Havok’s father Christopher Summers, aka Corsair. The line up has had its fluctuations over the years, but one of the mainstays has been Ch’od, big reptilian guy who would really prefer you stopped confusing him with Abomination.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ch’od was released in series 6 of the Toy Biz X-Men line. He, alongside series and team-mate Raza, was the line’s first introduction of the Starjammers. Their leader Corsair would follow shortly after in the assortment based on The Phoenix Saga. To date, this remains Ch’od’s only action figure, but who knows, maybe he’ll get some Legends love sometime soon. The figure stands just over 5 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. He loses out on elbow and knee articulation, I can only guess due to his relative size and build. He does get a waist joint, though, as well as a neck joint, which was frequently one of the first joints to go for this line. Despite his slightly less posable nature, or perhaps because of it, Ch’od actually has one of the best sculpts from early in the line, certainly the best of his particular assortment. He captures Cockrum’s rendition of the character quite nicely, and his sculpt has a surprising level of detail and texture work for the time. Ch’od’s paintwork is fairly basic, with minimal detailing on the face, shorts, and belt. The rest of the figure is just molded in a bright green, which is perhaps a touch on the bright side for Ch’od, but hardly the worst choice ever. Ch’od is packed with his white furry companion Cr’eee, who pegs onto his shoulder via a rather obtrusive peg that’s pretty much going to guarantee that you don’t ever display one without the other. Ch’od also has an action feature, dubbed “Double Arm Hurling Action” which is pretty self explanatory, and actually works surprisingly well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Okay, so here’s an odd one for me: I have genuinely no idea where this guy came from. I remember my dad having one when I was growing up. I remember wanting to get one. And I remember that I did *not* get one new. A few years back, while prepping for a move, I found a box of 20-some X-Men figures I’d been missing, and Ch’od was in with them. The timeline of when the box went missing means that he didn’t get bought during my big 5-inch buy in 2011, so I just don’t know what his deal was. Whatever the case, I’m glad I have one because he’s a really nifty figure. He just baffles me.