X-FORCE (TOY BIZ)
“The most dangerous Sentinel of a dark future timeline, the robot known as Nimrod has returned to the present to achieve his prime directive — the eradication of all mutants! With an arsenal of weapons and a virtually indestructible body, there’s little anyone can do to stop him… even the X-Men!”
Where would we be without our dangerous Sentinels from a dark future timeline? In a much worse place, I assure you. I mean, without Nimrod, we wouldn’t have Bastion, or all of the Orchis subplots from Hickman’s X-Men. Could you imagine a world without those things? Because I can. And…actually I wouldn’t mind it so much. But I guess I’d miss Nimrod a little bit. But, fortunately, he does exist. So, you know, here we are.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nimrod was released in Series 6 of Toy Biz’s X-Force line. This marked his very first time as a figure, and would more or less remain his only version for a surprisingly long time. Unfortunately, due to an issue of timing, they wound up going with a very modern and up to the moment look that Nimrod was sporting in the X-Force comics at the time, which was a rather divergent look that didn’t stick. But, I guess it’s better than nothing? Sure, let’s go with that. The figure stands a little under 5 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Nimrod wasn’t particularly posable, with no neck or elbow movement, as well as greatly restricted movement on his shoulders and knees. Not really a ton you can do with it all, but it’s kind of something you have to deal with on any version of Nimrod. He’s just clunky. The figure’s also rather on the small side for Nimrod, who’s classically a pretty sizable guy. He’s chunkier than other figures, but not actually any larger, which does make him seem…less than imposing. The figure does an alright job of capturing the design from the comics, for better or for worse. It’s not as sleek a design as the usual, but there’s at least some cool tech detailing. Nimrod’s colorscheme is largely red, which isn’t the usual, but it’s again accurate. All of the red is molded, with painted yellow and black accenting. Nimrod was originally packed with a missile for his wrist cannon, which my figure is missing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Nimrod wasn’t really much on radar as a kid, largely due to him not actually looking like the character in anything I knew him from. I wound up getting him much later, during one of my 5-inch Marvel sprees in the summer of 2017. He’s not really the figure anyone wanted. He’s not bad, though. Just limited by the source material he came from. It’s just a shame they didn’t at least do him in the more classic Nimrod colors at some point, just to sort of do that half step. But, nowadays, we’ve got the Legends release, so I guess it all worked out.