X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“An evil criminal from the future, Trevor Fitzroy used his power to create portals through time to elude the authorities of his native era by escaping into the past. Now trapped in our century, he uses his mutant abilities and futuristic battlesuit to fulfill his every lethal wish – and to attempt the destruction of his arch-enemy Bishop!”
You didn’t think I was just going to walk away from 5-inch X-Men, did you? Okay, actually, that would be pretty sensible. I reviewed 19 of them all in one day, just over a week ago, and that’s like a 30% increase in the number of them reviewed for the site as a whole in the 6 1/2 years I’ve been running it. I think I technically met my yearly quota already. Well, in actuality, all the Day of the Wolverines really did was reignite my desire to review these guys, although perhaps not in quite as crazy a fashion. So, I’m picking up where I left off and diving into the world of ’90s X-Men with a character that exists purely within that world and pretty much nowhere else, Trevor Fitzroy!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Trevor Fitzroy was released in Series 6 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, and was quite renowned for being a notorious peg warmer for the assortment. Even at peak ’90s, nobody really wanted this guy. Poor Trevor. Despite general lack of interest in the character, there were two variants of Fiztroy produced, one as part of an FAO Schwarz-exclusive four pack (which traded out his blue for purple), and the other in a KB Toys-exclusive two-pack with the previously-reviewed Maverick, which is actually featured in the picture at the bottom of this review. Whichever version of Fitzroy you get, the figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. His sculpt was unique to him, and it’s honestly not a bad one. He definitely reflects the trend of these figures bulking up as the line progressed, but this one looked okay. He’s exaggerated, but not too insanely so. The head’s got a decent bit of character to it, as well, and they were finally starting to really get a grip on translating some of those radical ’90s hair styles into plastic by this point. His paintwork is decent enough; nothing amazing or anything to write home about, but it gets the basics down. The standard release had a yellow stripe down the middle, while the two-pack version swaps it out for gold. In general, the two pack version isn’t quite as nicely painted, I found. Fitzroy is packed with some clip-op armor which, if I’m being totally honest here, was more than a little disappointing. It pretty much won’t say on the figure at all.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t have a Fitzroy growing up, but boy do I recall seeing Fitzroy…everywhere. He was just all over the place. That’s probably why I never bothered to get one, honestly. Well, that, and his two episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series not being terribly impressive. After getting Maverick all by his lonesome a few years ago, I tracked down the standard Fitzroy loose, and then discovered that the two-pack one was different, at which point I lost my drive for completion because it meant buying another Fitzroy. However, when All Time got in their mega Wolverine collection, this pack was in there (because of the small diecast Wolverine included), and it was honestly easier than going through the trouble of getting Fitzroy by himself. Fitzroy is perhaps not the most thrilling figure, but he’s better than I expected him to be, so I can’t really knock him all that much.