Review: Marvel Super Hero Squad – Angel & Colossus

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The first wave of the Super Hero Squad had a clear theme: the X-Men! One of the four major lines at Marvel, the X-Men have almost always been very popular, and by always I mean except for the 5 years when no new X-Men comics were published and the book was turned into a reprint book from 1970 – 1975.

This pack contains two great supporting X-Men. While they’ve never had the same draw as some members like Wolverine and Cyclops, Colossus and Angel are both integral parts of the team. Warren Worthington III was a founding member of the X-Men, better known for his code name: Angel.

While many mutants’ mutations left them unable to be accepted in public, Angel’s wings made him appear angelic. Throw in the fact that he was a gorgeous millionaire playboy, it made sense the guy who had lasers shoot out of his eyes didn’t take him as seriously. Sure, he would eventually have his wings ripped off and replaced by one of my favorite villains of all time, but right now, he’s just Angel.

Angel is wearing his red costume, which is pretty much identical to his blue one. While the red and white costume isn’t the most exciting outfit, his pose does wonders. By having a base, Angel is about three-quarters of an inch taller than most Super Hero Squad figures. He looks great in a display, but his wings seem too metal looking. But later on the figure is rereleased as Archangel so the wings work much better then.

The paint on Angel is well done and there’s no bleeding on his costume which is great since it’s all sharp cuts. His blue eyes look good, though his skin tone may be a touch too pink but someone who flies near the sun may get a little burned. The halo emblem on his chest is accurate. Angel only moves at the arms.

The other hero in this pack is the red Russian metal man, Piotr Rasputin, better known as Colossus. A farmer who can turn his body into “organic steel,” Colossus was the X-Men’s strong guy (not that Strong Guy). First appearing in Giant Sized X-Men #1, Colossus has been a mainstay in the mutant world.

While the character is a fantastic one, this figure doesn’t live up to his legacy. While Angel was able to break away from the Galactic Heroes designs, Colossus looks like he tried only to get pulled back in. His squat pose really doesn’t work for the character since he’s supposed to be 6’6” even when his powers aren’t activated. The whole figure just feels too small. Another big issue with the sculpt are the legs. Colossus has lines running across his skin but this figure’s legs are just smooth.

A good sculpt can be ruined by bad paint, but good paint can’t salvage a weak sculpt. The silver used for Colossus is fine and the red and yellows of his costume work well but I have a minor, nerdy nitpick. Colossus’s eyes are wrong. When in his metal form, Colossus’s eyes are white but on this figure they’re blue. Minor, but just another issue I have. Colossus moves at the arms and waist.

While Angel isn’t bad, even if his wings seem off, Colossus really hurts this pack. He’s just a subpar figure, like someone had an idea of who Colossus was but never bothered to double check. Based on the number of this set I saw at Wal-Mart on clearance for several years, I don’t think I was the only one who felt disappointed.

Marvel Super Hero Squad Wave 1
Captain America & Hawkeye
Wolverine & SabretoothCyclops & MagnetoAngel & Colossus

Written by jestergoblin

March 28th, 2010 at 12:07 am

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