HeroClix Can't Do Fantastic Four Or X-Men – But They Can Do This

MV26-Golden-Claw-058HeroClix, like many other manufacturers, have been denied the license to create Fantastic Four and X-Men toys by Marvel over the last year, as a result of Marvel's decision not to do anything that might promote those brands in any way, after their falling out with Fox Studios over the rights.

So we have their latest figure, Golden Claw. Originally Yellow Claw, the Fu Manchu analogue who first appeared in the pre-Marvel Atlas comic of the same name, in the fifties, like this.

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He was then brought into the Marvel Universe by Jim Steranko in his Nick Fury comic books. But his subsequent use was limited, seen as an unfortunate racist caricature of America's past.

However the character was recently rehabilitated in the Agents Of Atlas comics series from Marvel, given a much deeper background, with a real name revealed to be "Golden Claw". And now he's a HeroClix toy.

But as one commentator told Bleeding Cool "The character still is a racial caricature. It's one thing for Jeff Parker to write a story attempting to rehabilitate him, there's room for nuance there, it's another to put out a toy."

It's a point… but is it a good one? What do you think?

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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