I’m a BIG X-Men fan. So much so that I was even able to sit through multiple viewings of all those shitty movies. But my real love has always been in the 90’s cartoon series, the comics and the old Toybiz action figures. I’m in the process of rebuilding my old collection of X-Men figures, so in the coming weeks, I’ll be liberally peppering this blog with looks at some of these figures. I thought we’d start with Rogue. Not the best figure to start with, but once we get this major disappointment out of the way, it’s all uphill from there… almost.
I loooove the cards on these figures. The artwork is great, they’re bright and colorful, just like a comic book figure package should be, and they’re not ashamed to advertise the figure’s gimmick, no matter how useless or annoying it may be. They’re also pretty simple, with a nice big bubble displaying the figure. The reverse side shows the gimmick at work, features a blurb about the character, and lots of photos of all the other X-Men figures you NEED to own. The figure also comes with a collectible character card, which is cool, but it always seemed stupid that you didn’t get a card based on the figure you just bought. Instead it was a random crap shoot. What sense does that make?
Moving on to the figure… oh, Toybiz, how do you flub this major a character? The saddest thing about Rogue is that 90 percent of this figure is really fine. The body sculpt is great, the outfit is classic and well recreated complete with jacket and separate removable accessory belt. Her stance is wide, but she isn’t terribly preposed, which is great because preposed figures is one of my big pet peeves. The colors are pretty much spot on, too.
So what’s the problem? Rogue is a butter face, as in everything is fine butter face. Look, I understand that this is a line for kids, not for collectors, but still, how could anyone at Toybiz signed off on this head sculpt? The hair is fine, but look at the expression on her face. She looks like Tammy Faye Baker scared out of her mind. She looks like one of those Real Ghostbusters figures where you press a button and the eyes pop out in sheer terror. I don’t know what kind of look they were going for here, but it sucks.
Rogue’s articulation is pretty basic. Her right arm rotates at the shoulders and her legs rotate at the hips and have hinged knees. Her right arm is hinged, but that’s all you get here. Her hair and jacket collar sculpt prevent any neck movement as her head and body are sculpted in one piece. Her left arm does rotate at the shoulder, but if you move it around a lot, you risk messing up the action feature.
The action feature is a Power Upper Punch. You press the lever on her back and her left arm springs up. Yeah. Not exactly the first thing I think of when I think of Rogue, but then considering her primary power was sucking the life force out of people and absorbing Mutant powers, it’s kind of hard to replicate her specialties in an action gimmick.
Despite the awful expression on her face, it’s hard to hate this figure. There’s a lot to like here. She’s fun and colorful and she fits in really great with the other X-Men figures. The crazy thing is that Toybiz used almost the exact same sculp to create a Deluxe large scale version of Rogue, but we’ll check that one out another time.