AKA; Nathan Milbury, Michael Milbury, Arnold Bocklin, Dr. Charles Windsor, Nate, Pale Man, Nosferatu, White Devil, impersonated Senator Steven Shaffran, Edmund Atkinson, Apocalypse, “Ted Sinister” / “Theodore J. Sinister” / “Teddy” / “Señor Sinestro” / “Jimmy Sinister” (by Spider-Man)
“Something sinister this way comes.” Introduced in Uncanny X-Men #221 (1987) by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Nathaniel Essex was born in the late Victorian England, where the Darwin’s theory of evolution was the focus of his obsession. He wanted to bring about the perfect being. An encounter with Apocalypse lead to Essex being transformed into an immortal being and a chance encounter with time traveling Cyclops and Phoenix lead him to believe that the child of these 2 would become the perfect being. He began working in the shadow, manipulating event for his benefit and carrying out his experiments in secrets. He was the chairman of the orphanage that the summer brothers were sent, where he allowed Scott to be bullied.
It wasn’t until much later, during the Inferno event, that the X-men learnt of his existence and how he had manipulated events in their lives, including hiring a young Gambit to form the Marauders, sending them to massacre the Morlocks as well as cloning Jean Grey to become Madelyne Pryor and making her married Cyclops and have his child. He believed this child was the mutant he wanted but event lead to the child becoming Cable. He later sent the Nasty Boys to attack the X-factor. He also unwittingly release the deadly Legacy Virus when he opened a package from Stryfe.
After many mutant’s lost their powers after M-Day, he began recruiting a new team of Marauders, who eventually joined with Apocalypse’s Horsemen and Brotherhood of Mutants. He later wanted the first mutant born after M-Day and sent the Marauders to capture her but was stopped by the X-men. He was believed killed soon after and his clone daughter, Ms. Sinister, soon appeared but he eventually cloned himself a new body. He began working on creating another race that was superior to mutant. He began cloning himself and other and created an underground kingdom of his clones. This was eventually destroyed by the Phoenix powered X-men but he would return and try to merge Inhuman and Mutant DNA together, but was stopped by the Extraordinary X-men.
Despite being a fan favorite villain and having a big role in many X-men cartoon, particularly the 90’s version, he has not had many toys. He has one figure in the Toybiz days as part of the Sentinel series. It would be nearly a decade before Hasbro decided to do an updated version in their X-Force wave.
Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends X-force Wave Mr. Sinister
- Mr. Sinister in his classic form. Like many classic forms this has been done differently with many artists doing their own version, such as the black bits on the figure being the same shade of blue as the rest of the figure.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- For X-men fans, this is an absolute must as he is an essentially villain for your X-men display. If you collect only Gambit or Cyclops figures, then this is needed for them as both consider Sinister their arch-enemy. For most other collections, he can be skipped.
- Does it need a remake?:
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.
Chris Claremont | Marc Silvestri