Who doesn't have a soft spot for Mystique? To me, she always reflected my darkest, vengeful impulses. In the world of the X-Men, there are a lot of polarizing social groups. The mutants, of course, represent the hated, misunderstood underdogs. The X-Men follow Professor X's ideal of peaceful coexistence with the rest of mankind, despite threats, abuse, discrimination, and constant conflict. Raven Darkholme is the antithesis of Charles Xavier's dream. Sure, she wants the conflict and discrimination to be over, too. But she isn't willing to take the peaceful route. She's violent, vindictive, vengeful, and self-righteous. Even when I know she's making the morally wrong choices, my devious inner voices were always rooting her on. Mystique's classic look is my favorite for her. Yes, it's impractical and theatrical, but it's nostalgic for me. I find it more than a little shocking that the best figure we have of her in this costume is from a 1990's ToyBiz line. Check her out below and see if you agree.
I don't think the storyline presented on the cardback is from any real comic continuity (although I may be wrong about that), but it's a fun way to make sense of the Hank McCoy-styled accessories she comes packed with.
Sure, she's a little pre-posed and lacks the articulation of modern action figures, but she's still a great looking toy.
Here is the "Monster Armor" promised in the series name.
And here she is all armored-up in She-Beast form. This as actually a really fun set of accessories. Being able to transform a character with a few snap-on pieces is a gimmick that will always satisfy me.
Although somehow I doubt the X-Men would really mistake her for Hank...
Time for a Group Shot!