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X-Men Series 3 - 1993



Toybiz's third series would start to make the move to bigger and more defined figures. The downside to that is that the figures in this series made the earlier figures look small by comparison. The larger, more defined figures would continue though all the lines. This line offered an interesting variety of characters, with some being newer characters to the comics. This series sold very well with most all the figures being hard to find. This would also be one of the first series to offer an exclsuive version of a character, which would be the spy Wolverine, which could be purchased at various stores in his variant colors.


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Apocalypse


A new Apocalypse figure was welcomed as it replaced a scrawnier figure from the first series. The only problem this figure had was the hoses that went into his arms and back would not stay in very well. The figure itself looks great with or without them though. This figure would also not be improved upon much and will be reissued a few times later. He also features interchangable arms that can be pulled out and replaced with weapon arms.

Figure ability: Interchangeable arms
Accessories: Hoses x2, Claw arm, Pile driver arm, Normal arms


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Bishop


This Bishop figure is probably one of the best Bishop figures made as well as one of the best figures in this lineup. The figure itself is very detailed and is quite a step up in terms of quality from previous series. The figure also features a good amount of articulation as well and would end up being rereleased several times. The head however would not be movable due to the longer hair sculpted on the figure. This figure was also a good sign as at the time Bishop was a very new character to the comics. It was nice to see ToyBiz creating figures of newer characters.

Figure ability: Quick draw action
Accessories: Gun, Gun


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Gauntlet (Barrage)


Barrage was orginally planned to be released under the name 'Gauntlet', because another company had the rights to the name Barrage at the time. This figure got dropped from the line for several reasons. First, they were downsizing thier number of figures per wave. Secondly, the figure's sculpt was more of the older style that had been in the first few X-Men series, which they were trying to move away from. That combined with the fact that he was a pretty minor character he was dropped from the line. Very few prototypes are known to exist.

Figure ability: Missles fire from arms
Accessories: None


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Omega Red


Omega Red was new to the X-Men series, appearing in X-Men #4-#6. He was made to compliment the Spy Wolverine also in this series. The figure is an exact likeness of how he appeared in the comics. One of his tendrils can retract somewhat into his arm while the other tendril simply snaps in a hole in his wrist. Due to the tendrils his elbows are not articulated. His ponytail is also removable. Though the figure would be repainted several times, this would be the only version to have plain white skin like he had in the comics.

Figure ability: Tendril whipping action
Accessories: Tendril, Ponytail


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Spy Wolverine


Another Wolverine would grace this series as well with this time in spy gear. It is modeled after how he looked in flashbacks in X-Men #4-#6. The facemask does swivel away from the face though it is not removable. This figure would have several variants with different colored outfits. While the regular figure is black, a green one as well as a blue one would be released.

Figure ability: Knife thrusting action
Accessories: Knives (4), Knife, Knife


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Spy Wolverine


The same as the normal Spy Wolverine but green. This one was available at Kay-bee.

Figure ability: Knife thrusting action
Accessories: Knives (4), Knife, Knife


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Spy Wolverine


The same as the normal Spy Wolverine but blue.

Figure ability: Knife thrusting action
Accessories: Knives (4), Knife, Knife


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Strong Guy


Strong Guy was an interesting choice to make, as he was new to the X-Factor comics. Other X-Factor members would slowly be released throughout the series. He has a similar waist-twisting feature to several other figures in the line. Twisting his waist would move his arms up and down in a punching motion. There would be a slight variant of this figure with the X logo in the middle of his chest instead of the side.

Figure ability: Punching action when his waist turns
Accessories: None


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Tusk


Tusk is one of Apocalypse's henchman and an odd choice for a figure. The figure itself is an exact likeness and is a very cool figure. It does suffer from a lack of articulation in the knees and elbows though. The smaller figure that fits into his back is a neat idea though and would be used again in other figures.

Figure ability: Small figure fits inside back of figure
Accessories: Tuskette

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