Tuesday, August 31, 2021

X-Men Movie - MYSTIQUE!

X-Men The Movie: Series 1 - Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) - Toy Biz 2000

X-Men The Movie was released so long ago, but I remember the day like it was yesterday. Back in July of 2000 I was in my fourth year of college (yes I took classes every Summer), I was on a hiatus from reading comics, I owned approximately three action figures (McFarlane Edward Scissorhands, Sideshow Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Alex from Crimson fyi), and my favorite movie genre was artsy foreign films. In short, I was a snob. Yet I was in that theatre on opening day relishing in waves of nostalgia. And I'll confess I wasn't truly there for the X-Men themselves. I had an older brother who had always "claimed" the X-Men as "his" thing, and obliging to a twisted sibling respect I let him have them. But he couldn't have the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. They showed up in tons of other Marvel books and I was obsessed with them. Especially the mysterious Mystique. I thought her presence was the best part of the movie and twenty-some years later I finally got her original toy. Let's check her out below!

This figure is extremely pre-posed and has some pretty large gaps at her seams, but she still looks pretty good all these years later. 
I even think she looks better than the Marvel Legends ladies that first debuted a couple years later.

This figure was also released in a "The Women of X" Exclusive Collector's Pack in 2000.
It re-released the single pack figures of Mystique, Jean Grey, Storm, and Rogue.

Mystique's articulation is really limited because of the extreme pose. She can only stand in a single leg pose and her arms are so straight that the picture below is the only alternate pose I could get her in.

I bought my Mystique used on eBay without any accessories. So I scoured the internet to find a picture of one of the most notorious action features in the history of action figures: a rubber Wolverine suit that envelops Mystique and looks absolutely frightening.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here she is with her recent Marvel Legends version.

Here are all my X-Men Movie Mystiques together. From Left to Right: Funko Pop, Toy Biz, Mini-Mate, Marvel Legends, NECA Bust, and a Bootlego.


1 comment:

  1. I got this figure loose with the Wolverine skin. Pretty cool for it's time but a bit limited in poses. Nice Mystique collection.