X-MEN: THE MOVIE (TOY BIZ)
“The genetic abilities of the young drifter known as Rogue are both a blessing and a curse. The young mutant has the power to absorb the memories and powers of others through the slightest touch, but because she has no control over this talent, she must keep even those she cares for at a distance. She first met Wolverine when he saved her from an attacking angry mob and feels a special kinship with him because she once used her powers to absorb his mutant healing factor and memories in order to save her life. As a result, she understands why the mysterious loner has such a troubled soul.”
For 2000’s X-Men movie, Rogue was somewhat refitted into a focal point character, through whom the audience could be more easily introduced to the titular team of mutants. Since it’s not a role the character had previously filled, she was refitted with some traits from the last two characters to fill this role, Kitty Pryde and Jubilee, which ended up making her a little less Rogue-like. Still, she got to be a very central figure in on of the franchise’s most visible offerings, so it’s hardly the worst thing ever, right? And she got toys out of the deal, which is always a win in my book.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rogue was released in Series 2 of Toy Biz’s X-Men: The Movie tie-in line of figures. The first two series of the line were actually released simultaneously, something Toy Biz did with a few lines at the time. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Most of that articulation is rendered essentially inert, thanks to some very low range of motion. The neck has the hair to contend with, the cuffs of the jeans restrict the feet, and the hips are v-hips that are so shallow they barely even count as v-hips. Essentially, she’s good for standing, and that’s about it. Oh, and she can also wave her arms around. That’s fun! The sculpt was an all-new venture, and it’s decent enough for the time, I guess. The body seems a little skinny for Anna Paquin, and the head doesn’t really look all that much like her, but it’s decent enough from a purely aesthetic standpoint. She looks like an actual person, which is always a good thing. The paint work is passable, if maybe a little basic for a figure that’s supposedly based on a real person. There’s at least some fun detailing on her blouse and undershirt. She’s got a streak of white in her hair, showing that she’s supposed to be from the end of the movie. It’s only in the final film ever so briefly, and even the prototype didn’t have it, but one can certainly understand why Toy Biz would want Rogue to have at least one recognizable trait. Rouge included an overcoat and scarf, both cloth, which completed her look from the film. They were both rather over-sized and goofy, but better than nothing, I suppose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After rushing out to get Cyclops and Jean Grey when they were first released, I patiently waited for my 8th birthday to get the rest of the line. Rogue was near the top of my list, but she and Toad were both short-packed, meaning they weren’t found for my actual birthday. However, I did get a little money, which I immediately took to the nearest Toys R Us, where I found both Rogue and Toad in one fell swoop. Nifty! Rogue is perhaps not the most thrilling figure, but she’s a pretty solid standard civilian, and you don’t get many of those.