MARVEL COMICS FAMOUS COVERS (TOY BIZ)
“Born with the mutant ability to fire powerful optic blast from his eyes, Cyclops is cursed to forever wear a protective Ruby quarts visor to control his uncanny ability. As one of the founding members of the X-Men, Scott Summers help build the team and eventually became a team leader.”
Oh hey, here’s something I haven’t covered before on the site: Famous Covers. More than a decade before the whole Re-Mego craze started up, Toy Biz attempted their own continuation of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line. The figures were originally meant to be the same scale as Mego’s stuff, but for a number of reasons, they were ultimately scaled up a bit. Nevertheless, it was certainly an interesting venture, and it gave us a pretty darn fun line of figures, albeit one that was completely independent. Today, I’ll be looking at one of my favorites from the line, Cyclops!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops was released in the fifth series of the Marvel Comics Famous Covers line, which was titled “X-Men Classics.” It was the first of the two purely X-Men-themed series for the line. Scott is seen here in his Jim Lee attire (which was his current look at the time), which the box proclaims as specifically being based on his appearance on the cover of X-Men #1. The figure stands about 8 3/4 inches tall and he has 23 points of articulation. Cyclops was built in the medium male body, a decision that I’ve pretty much always questioned. I know Scott’s classically a little bigger than Spider-Man, but making him the same size as Thor and Captain America seems to be a bit much. Scott got a brand-new head sculpt, which is nice enough. For some reason, Toy Biz was really big on the screaming expressions for the Famous Covers figures. Scott’s no exception, but at least it doesn’t look too out of place for him. There’s some solid detail work on the hair and the visor, as well, so that’s a plus. The head does seem a touch under-scaled for the body, which makes you wonder if he was originally supposed to be on the smaller body. The costume is a mixed-media effort. There’s the basic blue jumpsuit and the shorts, which are both tailored pieces. They fit pretty well, and are surprisingly slim given the scale. The harness and belt are one sculpted piece, and they fit well enough to the body (a little better than the recent Marvel Legend, truth be told) and replicate the pieces from the comics pretty well. The gloves and boots are standard pieces for the line. They’re made out of rubber, so they allow for a little bit of movement from the wrists and ankles, though not much. They’re really bulky and goofy, and in the case of the gloves, wrong for the costume. To me, it would have made more sense to just mold the base hands in yellow and do a cuff at the edge of the sleeve (which is a method they used several other times over the course of the line), but it’s not the worst thing ever, I guess. Cyclops’s paint work is limited to his head and a few spots on the harness, but what’s there is really strong. Definitely some of the best work Toy Biz did on their Marvel stuff.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I loved me some Famous Covers growing up. The timing of this series was such that it made for a perfect Christmas present from my parents, so that’s how I got Cyclops. I remember being really thrilled to get him (and the rest of the set), and he was one of my favorites for a good while. The figure’s a bit goofy in retrospect, but I still really like him, and I have very fond memories of the line.