Toy Biz pantone color guides for unreleased X-Men and X-Factor versions of Havok. A different take on the X-Factor uniform came out in 1995 (after I’d already lost interest in Toy Biz’s Marvel range, which was around the Strong Guy wave), but a toy of Havok in his X-Men uniform wouldn’t be released until ToyFare magazine offered it as a mail-away exclusive circa 1998. That figure was apparently just a base body with a new head, but it’s not like Havok really needed more than that.

Final scans from an official Marvel guide to Toy Biz’s early action figure releases.

Toy Biz pantone color guide for Captain America. Scan from an official Marvel guide to Toy Biz’s early action figure releases.

Toy Biz pantone color guides for Gambit and G. W. Bridge. The guide for Gambit has his uniform in X-Men “blue and gold” colors, a release that didn’t come out in proximity anywhere close to Bridge, I don’t think. Maybe it was planned as a redeco, canceled, then revived later on?

Scans from an official Marvel guide to Toy Biz’s early action figure releases.

And then there was that time Toy Biz used a Spider-Man mold to make a 10” version of the Spot, uh… because. Reasons. You know.

(okay, probably because the Spot was inexplicably featured in a later season of the Fox Kids Spider-Man cartoon, but the toy doesn’t particularly resemble the animated design.)

I do like the inclusion of the story on the box-back, which seems to be entirely original; my Amazing Spider-Friend Rob had never heard of a comic where Spider-Man and Beast team up to stop the Spot, anyway. Presumably a 10” Spider-Man and Beast were part of the same toy assortment and Toy Biz chose to market the three of them together this way. Something I like less: the Spot’s accessories are just a pair of tiny black plastic disks, which he can’t interact with in any way because one of his hands is a fist and the other is in mid-web-sling.

For extra nostalgia, check out the KB Toys “automatic price reduction” sticker.

Something left out of the 2011 movie - Captain America’s ventriloquist act!
Toy Biz Marvel Legends Captain America holding a Minimates Captain America. Personal photo.

Something left out of the 2011 movie - Captain America’s ventriloquist act!

Toy Biz Marvel Legends Captain America holding a Minimates Captain America. Personal photo.

Several thoughts here:
Is that a hovercraft for hunting mutants, or a hunting hovercraft for mutants?
Does “cyberpunk hacker” mean Commcast hacks Phillip K. Dick novels?
How desperate for characters were Toy Biz that they made a Commcast figure? (Or a Krule, or a Killspree, or a Tusk…)
GOAT MAN
so many Cables
Photo from an eBay auction.

Several thoughts here:

  1. Is that a hovercraft for hunting mutants, or a hunting hovercraft for mutants?
  2. Does “cyberpunk hacker” mean Commcast hacks Phillip K. Dick novels?
  3. How desperate for characters were Toy Biz that they made a Commcast figure? (Or a Krule, or a Killspree, or a Tusk…)
  4. GOAT MAN
  5. so many Cables

Photo from an eBay auction.

ahahahaha THAT FACE

The “transforming” Wolverine Motorcycle, from Toy Biz’s 1991 X-Men line. Personal photo.

100th post!