The T-103, also known as Mr. X, was certainly the more fearsome of the big baddies in Resident Evil 2. While William Birkin was a larger and more grotesque creature, Mr. X was creepier. He walked slowly and seemed more methodical in his approach to hunting you down throughout the game. Released in Toy Biz's "Video Game Superstars Presents: Capcom's Resident Evil 2 Platinum", this figure includes snap-on pieces which allow him to change from his trenchcoated Mr. X form into his "Super Tyrant" form. This isn't the only figure of this character to be released, but it was the first. Palisades did release a version of Mr. X in their second series of Resident Evil figures, and Moby Dick released both Mr.X and the Super Tyrant as two separate releases, but we're looking at Toy Biz's effort today, so here it goes!
|L to R: Mr. X by Moby Dick, Toy Biz, and Palisades
While Mr. X typically only has two motions (walking slow and lunging for a kill), you should be able to do a bit more with this figure. Mr. X features: hinged knees, swivel hips, a swivel waist, ball jointed shoulders, and a swivel neck. It's not the most substantial articulation, but it all works well. You should definitely be able to pose this guy how you want, though, since he's not known for being super athletic. the ball joints are impressive considering this was released in 1999.
Most of Toy Biz's Resident Evil creatures featured strong paint work, and this guy is no exception. From head to toe, Mr. X is covered with a dark paint wash that brings out every little detail. The body is an excellent pale gray which is nice and corpse-like, and is accompanied by great attention to detail on small things like his blood red eyes and the various veins popping up all over. The boots (removable) and the gauntlets on his hands are given a metallic paint coat, and feature dry brushing to give them the appearance of actual metal. It's an effective technique and looks great overall. The paint work on this guy is just solid all around.
|Toy Biz (Left), Moby Dick (Right)
Overall, this isn't my favorite version of Mr. X, but it is my favorite version of the Super Tyrant. Moby Dick's is larger and has articulated fingers, but it's really not as detailed as Toy Biz's version. (My favorite of Mr. X is Palisades' version, by the way.) Toy Biz did a really good job of creating a good solid figure who looks great in either of his two costumed looks, and honestly looks good without those pieces as well. It's a real shame they never got to release toys for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis because they probably would have released a really cool Nemesis. Overall, I'm going to give this toy a Great. For being released in 1999, he holds up remarkably well.