This ToyBiz Deluxe Gambit was manufactured in 1994 under the X-Men banner, following the height of comic book group's popularity. It seems these 10" Deluxe figures were released under the Iron Man, X-Men, Spider-Man banners before ToyBiz started marketing them under the Marvel Universe logo, like the Polaris figure in my last post. There are a variety of these available on eBay, but little documentation about them online, perhaps due to their somewhat unextraordinary construction. I have several of these large, simple figures and enjoy them for just those traits, along with their garish color and occasionally "awesome lameness" as BubbaShelby described :D My friend went on to recollect their sheer goofiness upon their release, specifically citing the She-Hulk from this series that was a repainted Xena figure that was so "amazingly ridiculous" he regrets losing it!
As I post on these, please feel free to share any experiences good or bad you may remember. While I think I have a grasp of how they were received, the more comments I hear, the better I'll understand them in the context of their time. I was way past collecting toys in these years while attending college, and some of you may remember them when they were new which interests me. I'm quite fond of them in spite of and because of their dodgy quality- call me crazy...
I really like the overall slender nature of the sculpt on this guy. The head and outstretched left hand are cool, giving him unique personality among these somewhat bland figures. I'm also a fan of his shin guards- they have a sleek look, and I like the brilliant blue. I've seen clowns dressed less colorfully than Gambit, and this toy really drives the point home :D On the subject of color, the paintjobs are slapdash pretty much accross the board, and Gambit shows this around the facemask. Some would find this repulsive, but I've seen how atrocious they can be, and I find that somewhat endearing.
*Read about Remy Etienne LeBeau, aka the cajun mutant Gambit, at Marvel.Com!
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