“Who the f*ck is that a**hole?”

After spending hours squinting over small plastic body parts, nicking my fingers with x-acto blades and meticulously crafting a custom dial, that was the reaction this figure generated from one of the players in my gaming group. Deflating, yes, but odds are it’s the same reaction he gets from Marvel editors whenever he shows up in a comic proof.

Eh, doesn’t matter, he’s one of my favorites. Let’s get a better look at this Equinox fellow…

How could anyone NOT love this guy? He shoots fire AND ice! Equinox: all the benefits of the Human Torch AND Iceman with the added bonus of having a name that 90% of the population couldn’t explain. But hey, it’s got an ‘X’ and a ‘Q’ in it!

Ingredients: Base body is a Hellfire Guard (Ultimates), his forehead pointy things are index card paper hardened with Krazy Glue and the assorted bits of translucent plastic are chopped from various flamey/icy guys (Human Torch, Killer Frost, etc.). Some acrylic paint, then a quick coat of matte to seal the deal (though cover the translucent bits with tape before using the matte). Custom Equinox dial here. FUN FACT: He hasn’t been on the winning side of a HeroClix game yet.

Blizzard, Tiger Shark, the Eel…I’m a sucker for grade-D villains and Equinox was right up my ally. There I was; twelve year-old me, digging through back issues boxes, hungry to spend the last dollar of my allowance when I came across this little gem…

…I was powerless before that cover. The Human Torch FIGHTING Iceman…?!? It was like the creative team had eavesdropped on the endless “Who do you think would win in a fight between…” debates between my friends and I. The writer was In. My. BRAIN. The mystery villain—Equinox, the Thermodynamic Man—was just icing on the cake. I decided that day I’d collect every Equinox appearance. I think there’s been three.

Eeesh…not much of a web presence for good ol’ Exy. Somebody go bake an Equinox themed cake.

Anyway, there’s a cute, South Park-ish Equinox here and…that’s it. One Equinox fan tribute. That’s all I could find. I’ve officially doubled the Equinox quotient of the entire internet with this post.

I’m not gonna get a lot of hits this week.