Wow, it’s been a really long time since I’ve reviewed a Marvel Select figure. <Looks back at reviews> Holy crap, it’s been 506 reviews since I last looked at a Marvel Select figure. That’s quite a while. Well, why not pull something out of the archives, then? Today, I’ll be jumping over into the world of Marvel’s merry mutants, the X-Men, and looking at one of my personal favorite members of the team, Piotr Rasputin, aka Colossus.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Colossus is the 75th figure in Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Select line, released in 2012. He’s one of only two figures to hit that year, largely due to the focus on a certain team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes who happened to have a movie released that year. He continued the trend of X-Men based upon the early ‘80s line-up of the team (the other X-Man from 2012, Storm, also followed this trend). The figure stands almost 9 inches tall (he’s a big guy) and he has 30 points of articulation. He’s one of the earlier instances of near-Marvel-Legends levels of articulation for a Select figure, and it’s genuinely impressive just how much movement they were able to get into this guy, given his mass. Colossus sported an all-new sculpt. It doesn’t appear to be based on any particular artist’s rendition of Piotr, but it does lean a little more modern in terms of design sensibilities than a lot of Colossus figures do. This is most notable in the face, which lacks the usual rounded features in favor of something more sharp and angular. While I can’t say it’s my go-to Colossus look, it’s certainly not a bad looking rendition of the character. The body continues some of the stylization present in the face; earlier renditions of Colossus tended to be more consistent in build, but this guy’s definitely favoring his upper body. He’s almost sporting Bruce Timm anatomy (though he’s definitely not Bruce Timm styled). There’s one oddity about the body sculpt, specifically the upper body: the upper portion of his tunic is separate from his actual torso. While it’s not out of the ordinary for such an element to be a separate piece, the fact that it’s not actual fixed in place in any way is slightly odd. There’s a fully sculpted torso under there, which leads me to wonder if there was a scrapped variant of this figure sporting his outback costume. Regardless, you’ll only really notice the separate tunic piece when picking the figure up, and it stays in place well enough. It also adds an extra dimension to the figure, which is always cool. In terms of paint, Colossus is very nicely rendered. The colors are all nice and very vibrant, and everything is very cleanly applied. There’s a nice subtle accenting to the yellow portion of the tunic, which keeps it from being too plans. I also quite like the metallic work, especially on the arm bracers. A lot of the X-Men Select figures included a section of the Danger Room as a display base, and Colossus was no exception. Well, generally speaking. He comes with a spike wall, clearly meant to be from the Danger Room, but it’s not exactly a stand, since it doesn’t really support him. Still, it’s a cool piece, and a nice addition to the armory.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Colossus was my second Marvel Select figure, picked up during Cosmic Comix’s Biggest Sale of the Year in 2012. I had initially been planning to pick up Ultron during that year’s sale, but I got a subscriber coupon a week prior and got him then. I still wanted to take advantage of the sale, and I’ve always liked Colossus, so this guy was my next choice. The old Marvel Legends figure has always been one of my favorites, so this guy had quite a bit to live up to, and I think he did just that. He’s really just a very fun figure.