Talk about pressure! Ryan informed me as he handed me this week's figure that this guy was the entire reason he started collecting Marvel Legends. I suppose that means he likes him and I should too. Conversely, it also means I have this figure to thank for the approximately 1.45 billion Marvel Legends that currently spill over into Ryan's workspace.
We'll see what comes of this week's review: Colossus!
Now, I do have a very soft spot in my heart for Colossus in general. Is it from reading his heroic mutant tales in the comic books, you ask? Well, no, it's because he has treated me very well through the years in the board game Marvel Super Heroes. [Quick aside: that link takes you to a game review that gives Marvel Super Heroes a 6.3 out of 10. Outrageous! That game is a solid 9.]
If I pull the Colossus card Ryan knows that he's in trouble, even if he has a Thor! (And yes, I'm currently taping my glasses back up and putting in my pocket protector).
The face of this Colossus is quite intense and steely - much as I would expect a Colossus to look. I think they did a really good job of making him look made of metal but not making him all roboty at the same time. There is some serious artistry in making metal mutants not look like the Tin Man.
I know it's not specific to this particular figure, but I do think Colossus's pointy shoulder pads are a little dated. 1980s, much? In a way, though, it makes me think he could be a great workout video instructor. He can really rock some crunches!
I'm reminded now of the workout video I used to do in my teens. It was this Jane Fonda number. In doing the research on that, I also found this: http://www.cedmagic.com/featured/aerobicise/new-workout.html and learned that PEGGY LIPTON was in my workout video! I can't believe I used to do knee bends with Norma from Twin Peaks! What a day! Also, see that lady with the visor in the right side of the photo? She cracked me up. I remember she had a special leopard outfit during the second segment of the tape. I bet she had some mean shoulder pads when she wasn't in the gym.
Anyhoo, back to Colossus...
I'm pretty drawn to Colossus in general and reviewing this figure does make me want to read more stories with him. I'm a sucker for the tough, giant, softies. I like his metal and I like the way he is intricate, yet simple. Still, his muscles are a teensy bit too rippling for my liking. Three and a half tentacles.