X-Men Super-Villain Sauron with Savage Attack Wings!

September 16, 2012

Sauron with Savage Attack Wings by Toy Biz

When Marvel Comics launched a new super-villain in 1969 to do battle with the X-Men, writer Roy Thomas and artist Neal Adams found themselves with the tricky task of inventing a monster that would pass the strict rules of the Comics Code Authority, a 1950s body that still censored depictions of horror or violence in comics and even banned the use of centuries old legendary figures such as vampires and werewolves. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, so Thomas and Adams brilliantly skirted regulations by creating Sauron – alter ego of Karl Lykos – based on a Pteranodon, a prehistoric flying reptile from the Pterosaur family. Whilst werewolves were strictly off-limits, were-Pterosaurs apparently were just fine!

Sauron - articulated jaw!

Sauron - articulated jaw!

Fast forward ahead to 1992 when the Marvel villain Sauron was given his own action figure as one of the Evil Mutants in the Uncanny X-Men line by Toy Biz. A year later this 4 ¾ inch figure was repainted and repackaged on new a blister which had dropped the word “Uncanny” from the front of the card (but not, curiously, from the back) and swapped Sauron's original orange underpants for a new pair of gold lame shorts with a black design on the front – very stylish!

Back of figure with twist-action thumb rest

Back of figure with twist-action thumb rest

Featuring a special “twist-waist action figure with moving jaw and super poseable wings” this Sauron figure really delivered on the articulation front, with eight points in total: at the neck, jaw, shoulders, waist, hips and even tail. The back of the figure has a place to rest your index finger or thumb to help you swivel his hips from side to side, so he can brandish his battle club accessory (sadly missing from my loose figure) and swipe his opponents with his huge wings. The ball jointed shoulders will turn a full 360 degrees allowing him to flap his wings or be posed dramatically with wings outstretched.

The articulated jaw is another fun detail and a first for this line. Whilst he may look fearsome with his beak open, however, trusty Wikipedia informs us that the prehistoric Pteranodon actually took its name from the Greek for "wing" and... "toothless", a detail that would surely have pleased the board of the Comics Code Authority!

A must-have addition to any X-Men collection!

MARVEL TOY BIZ X MEN 5 SAURON LOOSE SAVAGE LAND
MARVEL TOY BIZ X MEN 5 SAURON LOOSE SAVAGE LAND
$6.99
Time Remaining: 10h 59m
Bid now
Toy Biz X Men Sauron 4940 1992 Action Figure
Toy Biz X Men Sauron 4940 1992 Action Figure
$9.90
Time Remaining: 17h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $9.90
Buy It Now
Toy Biz Toybiz Uncanny X Men Series III 1992 Sauron Action Figure
Toy Biz Toybiz Uncanny X Men Series III 1992 Sauron Action Figure
$2.99
Time Remaining: 18h 46m
Bid now
Vintage X men action figure Sauron Toy Biz 1992 sealed
Vintage X men action figure Sauron Toy Biz 1992 sealed
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Buy It Now | Bid now
X Men Savage Land Angel  Sauron Marvel Comics Action Figures Set Toy Biz 1997
X Men Savage Land Angel Sauron Marvel Comics Action Figures Set Toy Biz 1997
$22.50
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $22.50
Buy It Now
Marvel 1992 Toy Biz  X Men Sauron
Marvel 1992 Toy Biz X Men Sauron
$3.99
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 33m
Bid now
Toybiz Marvel X Men 1992 Sauron 5 MOC Action Figure
Toybiz Marvel X Men 1992 Sauron 5 MOC Action Figure
$19.00
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $19.00
Buy It Now
Toy Biz X Men Sauron Figure
Toy Biz X Men Sauron Figure
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 12m
Bid now
Toy Biz Marvel X Men the Evil Mutants Sauron 5IN Figure 1993 TOY BIZ
Toy Biz Marvel X Men the Evil Mutants Sauron 5IN Figure 1993 TOY BIZ
$19.40
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $19.40
Buy It Now

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

super-dupertoybox September 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Awesome! It’s hilarious that the Comics Code banned vampires & werewolves- along with zombies, they are mainstream entertainment now :D Those wacky undead- what can ya do with ‘em!

3B September 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

That line was the best during it’s initial run! So much fun and with a seemingly endless roster of characters.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: