Yesterday I reviewed the MOTU Vikor figure who is clearly intended to be Conan the barbarian. I would’ve got to him eventually but I picked him out specifically to review for my friend Matt. Matt is a die hard Conan fan, the biggest I’ve ever met. I ran into him at his place of work this past weekend and he told me that he’s been keeping up with my blog and enjoying it so I decided to tackle his favorite character as a small token of my appreciation. Matt has since called me out for saying that Conan lives in Hyboria which is not really true. He lived during the Hyborian Age. Apologies to Matt and any other Conan nerds.
Today I’ve picked out another “special request” for my new facebook friend April. My facebook (and real) friend Rob decided that we needed to meet because we are both big comic nerds and so he orchestrated our virtual friending. In our initial getting to know you facebook wall chat April told me that her favorite Marvel character is Gambit. Her friend Richard chimed in that he likes Cable. Both X-Men characters of which I have figures of. I decided to tackle Gambit today and I’ll get to Cable soon enough.
I must be honest, although I am a HUGE Marvel fan, the X-Men corner of the Marvel universe is not one that I visit often. I read them regularly as a kid because my brother Doug collected the X titles and we shared a bedroom. Doug and I have been in separate rooms and separate residences for many years now so I’m pretty out of the X-Men loop. I pick up bits and pieces here and there as I need to in order to understand cross over story lines but overall the X-Men corner has become a frightening and mysterious place. There are at least a half dozen X-Men books plus solo books and mini series and it’s all really confusing to the uninitiated. For example, Cyclops who’s 30ish is the father of Cable who’s 50ish. That’s possible through the miracle of time travel. What gets more confusing is there is another guy named X-Man who is the same character as Cable but he’s like 20ish and he comes from another timeline or something. Oi. I’ll refresh my memory on the whole thing before I tackle my Cable post.
So onto Gambit. He’s the Cajun card throwing thief able to create kinetic energy. I remember when he first appeared in Uncanny X-Men issue 266 back in 1990, Doug and I still shared a room back then. He quickly became a fan favorite character to many but to be honest he never really did it for me. I just never “got” him. His power is kinda whatever and not easy to explain, his outfit seems lazy and I’ve always found him kinda boring. Lately he’s been playing the role of sidekick in the only X related book that I do read, X-23, and he’s pretty useless in there too.
Regardless, I snagged this figure when I saw it. No Marvel character is really a bad character; I like something about all of them. Even if for no other reason to pad my Marvel Universe display case I had to have this figure. It didn’t hurt that he came with another must-have figure of an X-men character who I am equally indifferent about, Mister Sinister. How could I pass up a 2-pack of confusing outdated looking X-Men? The answer to that is I couldn’t because they are both great figures. Even if the character Gambit doesn’t really interest me this is a great representation of him. The head sculpt is great, the flowing jacket is great, the bow staff accessory is great, even his separately sculpted lil neckerchief is great. I still have a long way to go before I have a respectable X-Men toy collection but having Gambit here is a pretty good start. 6 out of 10.