Collector's Corner - Cyclops

Thursday, 5 December 2013 10:08:00 Europe/London

Welcome back to Collector's Corner, this time we'll be taking a look at one of the leaders of the X-Men, though he has taken a turn for the worse recently, Cyclops, who like Gambit (who we looked at last time) can be used on the X-Men: Blue Strike Force team base.

Cyclops is the brother of Havok, another figure we looked at not too long ago, de facto leader of the X-Men in the absence of Charles Xavier and all around good guy... mostly. In the recent Avengers vs X-Men storyline Cyclops was responsible for the death of Professor X after letting the power of the phoenix force go to his head, ever since he has switch roles with Wolverine to be the kind of man who does whatever's necessary compared to Wolverine taking a more passive role in the 'war against humanity.'

Named after the Cyclops of greek myth, because of his visor making it look like he only has one eye, Scott Summers has the ability to project optic blasts from his eyes and was one of the first students Charles Xavier ever trained in his school for mutants.

Set: Wolverine and the X-Men (2013)
Number: 016
Rarity: Uncommon
 
 Cyclops

 

Sculpt: Wizkids have given us another brilliant representation of Jim Lee's 90's X-Men costume designs with Cyclops. This guy looks amazing letting loose one of his optic blasts, which is modelled in bright red plastic.

Cyclop's card makes it look like Wizkids intended the optic blast to be in a translucent plastic however on the actual figure it is a solid red, which is better in my opinion. The block colour adds substance to the blast and makes it look like it would actually hurt.

Cyclop's card also shows the cover to X-Men #1, and it's clear Wizkids took inspiration for the characters pose from the iconic cover almost mirroring the artwork exactly. There is one small change however, the Sentinel wreckage that Cyclops is standing on, an addition that makes the figure display worthy on it's own and even better when on his team base.

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Paint: I've been constantly impressed by the small 'X' logo decals Wizkids are managing to fit on the X-Men figures and Cyclops follows suit, with his signature chest straps being held by such a decal, as well as one being on his belt buckle.

The rest of the paint work is well done, with Cyclop's costume being in the iconic blue and yellow we've all come to relate with the character. I would have liked the yellow paint to have been a bit thicker however as there are areas where the blue underneath shows through. There is also a minor amount of overlap on the figure I have, though this is minimal.

The sentinel on Cyclop's base is in the classic purple with a metallic tint to show the robotic nature of the mutant hunters, and a surprising amount of attention has been put into the relatively small detail.

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Cyclops 


Cyclops

Comic Connections: Those who have read the comics, or even the review of the Havok Heroclix figure, will know that Scott and his brother haven't always got along. Luckily both Scott and Alex' powers have no effect on each other, represented here with Cyclop's Summers Brothers power, which lets him ignore all damage from Havok except from close combat attacks, very effective if you know your opponent is a fan of Havok or has him in their team.

Naturally Cyclop's dial is littered with standard ranged combat modifiers like Ranged Combat Expert, Running Shot, Penetrating/Psychic Blast and Pulse Wave plus Cylcops also has an interesting special power called Concussive Blast which synergies well with another special power A Better Leader Than You Are. This lets Cyclops use Sidestep to move into range, Force Blast to hit his opponent and push them back and then if hit the opposing character can't use Leadership or team abilities until your next turn, a deadly combo that can really turn the tide of the game against certain forces, especially those with a lot of mystics characters.

Overall: If you're a fan of the 90's X-Men you'll definitely want to add their leader to your collection who is a perfect recreation from the cover of the highest selling comic ever.

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Paul started collecting Heroclix over a decade ago when he picked up a Hypertime booster at his local comic book store, he was instantly hooked by the idea of detailed collectible figures that you could also play a game with. Check out his blog where he posts comic book news and reviews here: Impulsive Reactions

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Paul Lightfoot

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