I mentioned int he last installment picking up Demolition Man/Scourge on clearance at the local Wal-Mart. I was waiting on the others to finish up Onslaught, since they didn’t seem to be selling at all, even at $15. I stopped in for other errands and found they had been knocked down to $10 now, though they didn’t ring up at that price. I passed on Wolf Cap though, I don’t need another damn Captain America and I can live without onslaught having his cape.
I did opt for …. THE FACES OF EVIL!
On a side note, I really have no idea why these get packed this way, with silly groupings instead of their names. It’s not like there are multiple case assortments where one case has character A and the other character B from the grouping. They don’t share BAF parts either, you still need both of them. In case you’re wondering what I’m rambling about, Cottonmouth and Whirlwind come packed in shared packaging, their boxes are the same and instead of names they are listed as “The Faces of Evil”.
Ok, so, researching a bit on these guys, as I like to do, it seems there are two different people named Cottonmouth in the Marvel universe. One is a Luke Cage villain, which could be fun, since Luke Cage is getting a Netflix series and that little corner of the Marvel-verse in general is getting a lot of light lately. The other is this joker, Burchell Clemens.
This guy is… pretty much as nobody as it gets. He’s a member of the Serpent Society, a bunch of villains named after snakes, and he got shot by Deadpool, who also pretty much has shot everyone. He has a bionic jaw that opens pretty huge to allow him to chew on heads and steal beams.
It’s a neat-ish design, the guy in the snake mask looks pretty crazy to be sure, he’s just, not really anyone important. He makes for some alright generic villain fodder I suppose.
Whirlwind is slightly more interesting than Cottonmouth (though not much). His design makes me think “Iron Man Villain” but he’s not, he’s actually mostly a Pym Ant-Man and Wasp villain but he’s gotten around the Marvel Universe a lot. His power also isn’t quite what i expected just looking at him, he basically spins and moves really fast, and becomes a tornado (hence Whirlwind). He’s palled around with several other villains, including some other recent lower tier villains like Tiger Shark and Blizzard. He’s also got a thing for Wasp. The point is, while he’s not Red Skull or Doctor Octopus, he’s also several levels above Cottonmouth on the who’s who list of villains.
Also while checking into who this guy is, I found a ton of pictures with “Tornado legs” which really makes me wish he had come with some sort of sap out parts accessory. I found something similar in my parts box but the best I could do is fake it since I’m not going to break the waist apart on this guy just for some pictures.
The only other thing that seems worth noting here is that his helmet is not removable but his little buzz saws are.
Still want more faces of evil? How about Onslaught, who gets two faces all of his own.
I don’t personally understand what’s going on with Red Onslaught or why Red Skull is Onslaught, as originally designed. It’s also hard to find any good information on Red Onslaught since the search results all show up Red Skull, who has a long and full history that doesn’t really include “Being Onslaught”. From what I gather this guy is actually a clone of Red Skull, maybe fused with some Xavier bits who went evil then got captured and something about Inverted Avengers.
Regular old Onslight however, I get that. Xavier and Magneto merged into a super mutant for Xmen to fight, I can get behind that. Thankfully, the X-men wave gave us an alternate head for Red Onslaught to use the body as regular Onslaught.
He’s nice and big and beefy and works well for a BAF.
Still need more? Have a bonus face of evil, in the form of Rocksteady here from TMNT. I’m not exactly sure what this line is called, TMNT Classics? These are larger 6″ Turtles figures with fancier articulation than their normal counterparts. I’ve been keeping an eye on the listings for Rocksteady and Bebop over on Amazon hoping to catch a deal, and eventually Rocksteady did drop down below the ridiculous $50-$60 price these seem to go for these days. Frankly, probably not worth that. He lacks any ankle joints, his accessories have no paint (including his helmet which needs it), the packaging is a lame bubble which isn’t reusable. All of this is kind of excusable for the original $20-$25 price, not so much as an after market premium.
He’s actually a bit small if you pair him with the Turtles of this same Classics line. I don’t actually have any of those turtles, but since all of the figures in this line up are the same height, he’d be small next to them. Which is fine, since I intend for him to go with my non Classics line up of Turtles. The Turtles are all supposed to be around 4′ tall anyway, a 6″ Rocksteady works great with the 4″ turtles as well as any crossover action with Marvel figures.
He does seem kind of lonely without Bebop, but like I said, not worth $60 at all.