Monday, June 15, 2020

X-Men Ninja Force - PSYLOCKE!

Marvel Comics Uncanny X-Men: Ninja Force - Ninja Psylocke - ToyBiz 1996

I've always had a fascination with Betsy Braddock. I was a huge New Mutants fan as a kid and when she made her debut as Psylocke in Annual #2, her purple hair and superhero lineage had me hooked. However, by the time I actually read this issue she was already sporting several new costumes in the pages of X-Men, so I had multiple versions of Betsy to fall in love with. Her monochromatic purple outfits and her butterfly-pattern telekinetic powers were everything to me. So I was the one nerd on the planet who hated her sexy ninja transformation. I just thought it was a cliche makeover of a previously weird and cool character. The one brief phase where I really started to dig this sleek look, though, was during the Crimson Dawn storyline when she was brought back from near death after an insane battle with Sabretooth with new teleportation powers, a cold demeanor, and a crimson dagger tattoo on her face. I think it adds the smallest detail that somehow makes the overall costume more interesting.

Oh 90's articulation, you had no idea what the next decade would bring.

Psylocke's belt tassel comes unattached. She also comes with a cool cloak and a ridiculous backpack with tethered gauntlets wielding purple energy blades. This backpack also came with the She-Force Marvel Girl and probably others. I'm assuming it was originally designed for another character because it doesn't fit on her arms well.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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