Most of you guys know that I'm a massive Beast fan. And that I'm also a fan of the Evolution cartoon. And it's a shame the figure line didn't do well enough that it was cancelled before the show really became hot. Because Series IV would have seriously kicked arse. And damn this figure would have been so cool. Sadly the line didn't get the support it needed from the collecting community and it never was produced.
It was planned for Wave IV along with Cyclops (all new), Wolverine (existing but in brown, not orange deco with new accessories), Avalanche and Quicksilver. Sure the series would have gotten another Wolverine, but atleast it only stuck to one per wave. Being such a massive Beast fan, I'm saddened to see that I'll never be able to own this kick arse looking representation of the Evo version of Henry McCoy. Just wanted to share it with you other X-Fans.
http://www.aftimes.com/aslu/slu.shtmlJLofJM EXCLUSIVE- FIRST LOOK: Toy Bizís Unreleased X-Men: Evolutions Beast
*Whew* You may recal last week while answering a readers question about the X-Men Evolution line that I said I was working on a surprise for the next column. Well, here it is!
This one has been a long time coming. Iíve been working on bringing you this exclusive first look at the never released Toy Biz X-men: Evolutions Beast since before Comic Con.
The Beast was to be part of Toy Bizís X-men: Evolution series IV along with: Cyclops (all new), Wolverine (existing but in brown, not orange deco with new accessories), Avalanche and Quicksilver. The only figure sculpted for wave IV was Beast. As you may recall, the X-men: Evolution line figure skipped series IV entirely and went straight from series III to a wave of repaints for Series V. Despite positive fan reaction to the line and a successful animated series retailers did not place enough orders for series III and IV to justify the tooling costs for continuing the line. The line was cancelled after wave III, but the Series V repaints were put into production to finish the line.
This Beast figure is a ď2-upĒ prototype standing roughly 11Ē tall. The Beast figure was sculpted by Phil Ramirez as were most of the heads for the Evolution line. This is a wonderful, on-model representation of the character as he appears on the animated series. This prototype was painted by Eddie Wires. Beast is articulated at the neck, ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, waist, hips, knees and ankles. Because this is a prototype and was for display only his hips and shoulders are hot-glued in place. There is a lot of great detail and gesture sculpted into the hands and feet of this figure and you can tell Phil had a lot of fun working on a full figure for the line.
There are currently no plans to revive the X-men: Evolution line, so this figure will always serve as a reminder of what might have been for the line.
MTFBWY and HH!!
Jar Jar Binks