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Monday, September 12, 2016
Action Figure Review: The Punisher from Marvel Legends by Hasbro
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Machine gun, shotgun, rocket launcher, and two interchangeable heads.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Frank here is nearly action figure posing perfection. I love the current Marvel Legends body and articulation model and it's executed really, really well on the Punisher. The plastic is quite firm for the most part and he feels solid and sturdy with only a minor amount of give in the double-jointed knees and elbows. He stands well, holds his weapons naturally, and is definitely one of those figures I keep picking up and playing with.
seems to be the inspiration for the figure, also due to the very cool webgear. Frank has such a great grimace on his face and the dynamic appearance of the flowing headband just ups the ante.
Bruce Campbell's. The heads swap out easily and give the figure even more versatility in how you display him.
* Giant skull on his chest? Check. Pouch covered belt with ammo pouches on the front that look like giant teeth? Check. Tactical webgear with ammunition, grenades, and a wash that brings a life-like leather quality to the rig? Triple check. This is a great costume design and Hasbro knocked this out of the park.
* The Punisher wouldn't be the Punisher if he didn't come with any firearms, would he? That guy likes to spray his foes down with a hot bath of lead. To help in his crusade against evil, Mr. Frank Castle carries an M60 Machine Gun. This 7.62 spewing machine has a handle for easy carrying and some nice olive drab green paint apps to help it look cooler.
* When even an M60 isn't enough to hit a target hard, Frank packs his handy-dandy SMAW (Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon). This is a really nice rocket launcher and it's fun to pose the Punisher wielding this. It has quite a few paint applications on it and looks pretty sweet.
* Know what else is cool? There is a peg on the rocket launcher that can plug into the hole in Frank's webgear and back. Yup, he can tote this bad boy along until he needs it. You know, if he ever wants to turn off a big screen TV using the modified Elvis method.
* When he needs to deal with threats up close, the Punisher can resort to his Street Sweeper, a drum magazine shotgun. While it kind of looks weird in white, a number of Punisher figures have utilized white accessories since it is part of his color palette. I like that this late 80s/ early 90s version of the Punisher does come with weapons that would have been available to Frank during that time period. This would have been cutting edge at the time, but that would have only increased it's desirability.
* I have one complaint: Frank Castle doesn't have hands with trigger fingers! The Punisher. And no trigger fingers. That, my friends, is called an oversight. Of course, this problem is easily rectified by using your imagination, but that's no fun. I guess the Punisher not being able to use his trigger fingers would be the equivalent of Spidy losing his ability to shoot webs in Spider-Man 2, right?
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