X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
Wrapping up the radical changes that occurred to the many X-Men characters within the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline, we have Wolverine, who has such radical changes as “not called Wolverine” and “has one less hand.” Okay, the hand thing’s a bit more radical, I suppose. Not that it really impacted anything about who he was as a character, of course. But it did at least give him a new look to make a toy out of, and Toy Biz was always down for that, weren’t they?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Weapon X was the final figure in the AoA Series of X-Men. He was the requisite Wolverine variant for the set, which is sensible, I suppose. The figure stands 4 1/4 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation. Well, sort of 8 points, I guess. The sculpting on the hair is such that the neck joint can’t move at all, but on the flip side, when he’s got one of his attachments for the stump in place, it gives him an extra joint there. So it kind of works out, I guess. As I addressed during my review of Patch back during the “Day of the Wolverines”, the Weapon X mold was retooled into that particular figure, though it’s worth noting that most of the parts are still technically unique between the two figures, thanks to a handful of minor changes to each of them. It’s…not the worst thing ever? It does slightly trend away from the ever increasing size of Wolverines at this point in the line, so I suppose that’s nice, though he’s forever stuck in this sort of mid-lunge-hunch posture, which really can’t be good for his back, adamantium spine or not. His arms are also kind of weirdly outstretched, and I don’t even know what’s going on with his neck. It’s weird to say the least. Logan’s costume for the crossover isn’t a terribly involved one, and the paint is likewise not terribly involved. Everything is rather basic. The blue is a bit brighter than it should be, I suppose, and he’s missing the yellow, but the application is at least pretty clean, I guess. Weapon X was packed with a handful (heh) of attachments for his stump, of varying quality. The claws make sense, of course, being all story relevant and everything. The hook is kinda goofy, and the missile launcher just made no damn sense. I’ve only got the claws anyway, so I guess it doesn’t really matter too much at the end of the day.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I only got Sabretooth when these were new, and by the time I was starting to track them down after the fact, I was pretty well overloaded on Wolverines, so this one never really jumped out at me. My brother Christian was always a little more of a Wolverine fan than I, so he actually got this one as a kid, from our local comic shop Cosmic Comix, I believe. When he got around to not wanting most of his figures anymore, this was one of the ones I happily assimilated into my collection, mostly because it meant I didn’t actually have to put time or money into getting one of my own. He’s alright, I guess, but I again confront the fact that this just isn’t that interesting of a design, and doesn’t really make for a terribly fun toy.