ANGEL – SAVAGE LAND
MARVEL 10-INCH (TOYBIZ)
Okay, so I’m currently attempting to stay on top of work and school, while at the same time doing my best not to miss posting any updates. As such, the next few reviews may be a bit more on the brief side. Hope nobody is offended. If you are…ummm…I’m sorry?
Today, I’ll be doing my second review from ToyBiz’s line of 10-inch scaled marvel figures. For those of you who missed my previous review, quick little backstory: in the 90s, ToyBiz had a rather expansive line of 5 inch scaled Marvel stuff. They decided to double their profits by up-scaling a bunch of the molds and releasing them as 10-inch scale. Towards the end of this line, they actually started mixing up some of the pieces to get some new concoctions and character designs. I’ll be looking at one of the later additions: Savage Land Angel.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Angel was released towards the end of the line, after it had become an exclusive to KB Toys. He stands 10 inches tall, and features 13 points of articulation. The figure, coming from the end of the line is completely built from previously used parts. The head comes from the second Archangel figure, released in the Invasion series of ToyBiz’s X-Men line. The body is reused from The Vulture, who was released as part of the 90s Spider-Man line. The head is sensible, given that it’s the same character, but I’ve never been the biggest fan of this sculpt, with its odd expression and wide eyes. My issues are only amplified with the larger scale and normal flesh tone coloring. The body is an interesting choice, I suppose, but given that is was the overly armored 90s Vulture, it means that Angel is left wearing this odd armor. The paint is a bit of a mixed bag. The head actually has some pretty decent work, and the shading on the armor is nice, but the costume under the armor looks a bit strange. They seem to have tried to replicate the look of the previous Savage Land Angel, with his classic costume torn up. However, while that figure had bare feet, that wasn’t an option, as those pieces weren’t tooled for the large scale, which means that he’s got these weird painted on boots. Which look very strange with the shorts look, like he’s perpetually that nerdy guy who wears shorts with dress shoes and socks. It’s weird.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoyed the 10 inch line, and how I practically got a new one every time I went into a KB Toys. Not this guy. This guy, I passed up more times than I can remember, mostly based on how damned creepy he looks. I’ve mentioned before about the trip I took to that huge KB Toys outlet center, which had a 5-10 year back log of toys. This guy was amongst them, and I finally decided to get him to round out my X-Men. I still think he’s a bit odd, but, he’s not the worst thing ever.