In recent years, Marvel has been accused of trying to get rid of the X-Men, both in merchandise and in the comic books. The reason being that Fox owns the film rights to the X-Men (and the Fantastic Four), and therefore doesn’t stand to make as much money off of them. Which, if that is/was the case, is fair. From a business standpoint, it wouldn’t make sense to push characters that you don’t profit as much from when you have plenty that you can capitalize on.
When the popular Funko POP! Vinyl Bobbleheads got ahold of the Marvel license, they made sure to produce bobbleheads based on Marvel characters of all kinds, even including Beast, Jean Grey, Wolverine and Deadpool of the X-Men. They even released a wave that was just X-Men, which had Magneto, Professor X, Cyclops, Mystique, Colossus and Storm.
However, that was in 2014, and despite Funko producing Marvel bobbleheads, especially based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the X-Men saw no further releases, not even for the Days of Future Past or Apocalypse movies.
In the comics, the X-Men’s fate seemed even more bleak, as Marvel began promoting the Inhumans line. The Inhumans are a race of space-mutants, essentially, descended from the alien Kree, with their powers or “mutant” gene activated by the Terrigen Mists. However, they are never described as mutants, as that would put them under the same umbrella as the X-Men, and their film rights would be owned by Fox. Developing them as an alternative for mutants, with their line of comics pushed a lot, it definitely seemed as though the X-Men were being replaced. There is even a comic book event going on currently, called the Death of X, where it is revealed that the Terrigen Mists, which give the Inhumans their powers, is lethal to mutants with the X-Gene, LITERALLY replacing the X-Men.
If this was the end of the story, it would be upsetting, as the X-Men are a great franchise, with even better characters. However, a series of “coincidences” have me believing that this may not be the end of the X-Men. It might even be a new beginning for them.
And it all begins with a bobble-head.
This past New York Comic-Con, in October of 2016, Funko released their first X-Men bobble-head in two years with Kitty Pryde, as a NYCC exclusive. However, it is just one bobble-head, released exclusively through a convention, and that doesn’t mean much.
Except it’s not just one bobble-head, as on the back of Kitty’s box, Funko revealed a new wave of X-Men POPs.
Oh, and there was that recent Marvel Legends action figure wave.