Iceman

AKA; Rampage (under mental control), Drake Roberts, “Frosty” (by Jubilee), Mr. Friese, Frosty (Hippie name, under mental control), Frozen One, Ice-Hulk, Iceheart

He was the youngest member of the original X-men but would go on to become one of the most powerful members. Introduced in X-Men #1 (1963) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Bobby was the second member of the team to join, being saved from an angry mob by Cyclops and Professor X. During the time in the X-men, he became attracted to Polaris but she was in love with Havok. He would remain on the team until they were rescued from Krakoa, where he left the team and went to college.

Bobby, alongside Angel, helped form the short-lived team, the Champions (of Las Angeles). He was later tricked into joining the Avengers by Moondragon (never given official membership) and would later go onto join Angel and Beast in the New Defenders. When he found out that Jean Grey was still alive after the Dark Phoenix Saga, he joined the other founding X-men as the X-Factor. During this time he had to wear a power regulator to control his powers. Once this team rejoined with the X-men, Bobby joined Storm’s Gold team of X-men. He was later possessed by Emma Frost, who pushed his powers beyond what he thought he was capable of.

Bobby later under went a secondary mutation, where he could heal himself if he is ever shattered in his ice form. He became bitter when he was placed under Havok’s leadership and even thought of quitting the team. He believed he lost his powers after M-day but learned that wasn’t the case. He joined up with Rogue’s team and began a brief relationship with Mystique. When the X-men moved to San Francisco and later Utopia, he joined them but left with Wolverine after the Schism, helping set up Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Months after his younger version came to the presents, his younger self confronted Bobby about the fact that he was actually gay, something that he has been hiding for years. He is now working to come to terms with this while working with the X-men.

Iceman has always been a fan favorite character that hasn’t gotten many figures over the years. This maybe due to the fact that his figure have translucent plastics, which is expensive to make. Toybiz did a classic version in the Series 8, which was re-release in their X-men Classic line, with a depowered version (and a Ultimate version). Hasbro released one in the Toy-R-Us All-New X-men box set. After they relaunched the X-men in the Juggernaut wave, he got a more modern version and later got a classic version in the X-men Vintage line.


Have

Classic

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends X-men: Vintage Wave Iceman

  • Background:
    • When he first appeared, Iceman was really a moving snowman. As he gained more control over his powers, he became his more classic version. This design has been changed by various artist over the years (this one is based on Jim Lee’s art) but generally would remain the same, just different belts or with or without hair.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • As one of the longest running member of the X-men having an Iceman in your collection is an absolute most and this is the one I recommend. It is also highly needed to the Jim Lee Gold team. It can also be used for other teams like Champions, Defenders and X-factor.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Jim Lee’s Gold Team (Depowered)

Recommend Figure: Toybiz X-Men Series 3 Bobby Drake (Iceman variant)

  • Background:
    • When X-factor rejoined the X-men, Bobby joined Storm’s Gold Team. When he wasn’t using his ice powers, he wore this, usually under his ice form.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • One of the few depowered version of Iceman, if you want that kind of version of him, this is the one to get. BUT! It was a variant of a rare figure so trying to find it would be very hard.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes, a simple repaint of the Vintage wave version with a new head would work.

Jean Grey School for Higher Learning

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends X-men Juggernaut Wave Iceman

  • Background:
    • As Iceman gained even more control of his powers, his ice form started showing his hair as well as giving him spikes on his body. This version is similar to the design he had when he help set up Wolverine’s school after the Schism.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you want a more modern version of Iceman, then you can get this. It would also work with other figure of that time including Wolverine, Storm and Shadowkat. Otherwise, it can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

Created by:

Stan Lee | Jack Kirby

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