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Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler (or Kurt Wagner) was one of the 'New X-Men' that joined the team way back in Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975). The lineup of characters changed in order to update the team and boost sales, due to reported low sales of the X-Men comic at the time. He remained with the X-Men for some time until fight with the Marauders in Uncanny X-Men #211, in which he was badly injured by Riptide. Following his injuries, he was taken to Muir Island along with Shadowcat to recover (Uncanny X-Men #215). Upon recovering, he learned that the X-Men were reported to be dead, so he remained in Europe to form Excalibur with Shadowcat in England, along with Phoenix, Captain Britain and Meggan. He remained with them until Excalibur disbanded and he returned to the X-Men (Excalibur #125, Uncanny X-Men #360, and X-Men #80). Currently, he resides with the X-Men, and even was a priest for awhile. During his time in the comics, we’ve learned that his mother is Mystique, and his father is some sort of demon, instead of a German Count as previously indicated. Rouge is his half sister as well. Of the X-Men, Nightcrawler is one of the more popular and one of the more recognized characters on the X-Men.

Nightcrawler's mutant powers consist of Teleportation, which leaves behind the smell of brimstone and a 'Bamf' noise as well. In addition to his teleporting powers, he is super agile and can use his tail as an extra hand if necessary. He is a skilled fencer as well (even with his tail). Shortly after he joined the X-Men, he learned that he can blend in with shadows and become nearly invisible as well (Uncanny X-Men #102-103).

Figure-wise, Nightcrawler got a handful of figures in mostly the X-Men line. His figures were usually always decent looking and all looked very similar since he never really changed costumes that much in the comics. Most of his costume changes were minor, with the exceptions of recent costumes. His Excalibur outfit he wore for awhile did get a figure in the Water Wars line though. Many of his figures do feature one common thing, and that’s his tail. His tail is usually made from a rubber with a support wire inside of it, to allow it to pose in all directions. This feature is used on quite a few of his figures and allows his tail to move freely.

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Nightcrawler


X-Men Series 1 - 1991


X-Men Repaints - 1993



Nightcrawler's first figure is modeled in his original costume. He was originally the only figure in the first series of X-Men figures that was supposed to have articulation in the knees and elbows. It was later decided to add that to the other figures in the line. This figure also features a bendable tail, which is a very nice touch. The figure is a bit short by later standards, but is still a good figure.

Figure ability: Suction cups allow him to stick to surfaces, bendable tail
Accessories: Sword


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Nightcrawler


X-Men Light -Up Classics - 1996



Another remake in this series, this replaces the old first series Nightcrawler with a more demonic looking one. This is an excellent likeness of the character although I'm not sure why he has a large grin on his face. The figure doesn't have any articulation in his elbows, but does have it in his feet. The tail is also somewhat articulated as it can be moved around.

Figure ability: Light up sword
Accessories: Flaming sword


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Nightcrawler Repaint


X-Men Light -Up Classics - 1996



Repainted so all the red parts are silver, and the handle of his sword is black instead of gold. Also, his blue skin is slightly lighter than the normal version.

Figure ability: Light up sword
Accessories: Flaming sword


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Nightcrawler


X-Men Water Wars - 1997



This is a new Nightcrawler in his current outfit at the time. His water gun can attach to his shoulder to help it stay up. This figure is very well articulated by featuring ball joints in his arms and elbow, knee, tail, and ankle joints as well. His shirt doesn't seem to stay on all that well, though.

Figure ability: Large water gun squirts water
Accessories: Sword, Shirt, Watergun, Projectile


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Nightcrawler


X-Men Giant Size Boxed Set - 1998



This figure of Nightcrawler is one of the best ones. It features a bendable tail, as well as great articulation though the use of ball joints. This is the only Nightcrawler that can crouch. The hands and feet are much bigger than normal on this figure, which is true to the character.

Figure ability: None
Accessories: None


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Nightcrawler


X-Men Evolution Series 1 - 2001


X-Men Evolution Series 4 - 2003



This version of Nightcrawler is a very good representation of his animated counterpart. He is very skinny, but is very well articulated. His tail is also bendable. He comes with a piece of the Danger Room that has a small catapult that can launch him through the fiery rings.

Figure ability: Jumping action
Accessories: Danger room base


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Nightcrawler


X-Men Evolution Series 3 - 2002



Nightcrawler got his second figure in this line. This is his more normal version that he uses with his image inducer. The face can change color in the heat or cold, which is a neat feature.

Figure ability: None
Accessories: Backpack, Picnic table


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Nightcrawler


X-Men X2: X-Men United Series 1 - 2003





Figure ability: None
Accessories: Church base top, Chruch base bottom, Church base side x2, Church base roof x2, Church base back


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Nightcrawler


Marvel Legends Galactus Series (Series 9) - 2005



Nightcrawler finally gets a figure in Marvel Legends series 9. It was rumored he was supposed to have a figure in the canceled X-Men Classics series 2 but no proof ever showed. Nightcrawler's figure is very well done and is a great likeness of him. His tail is the soft plastic like his older figures so it can be posed in a variety of ways and his fingers and toes can move separately. The face on him isn't quite right though. He comes with the lower torso of Galactus. I would have liked to see him come with a rapier as well.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: None


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Ultimate Nightcrawler


X-Men X-Men Series 3 - 2006





Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: Sword Belt, Double Bladed Sword, Sword

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Last edited by Seril on 2010-07-14 00:00:00
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