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Monday, November 4, 2019
Action Figure Review: Punisher: War Machine from Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro
Height: 6 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands, shoulder cannon, shoulder cannon plug, taser, taser plug, and two gun attachments.
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$23 dollars
* Since the War Machine armor is usually grey, black, and silver, Frank's version of it doesn't look terribly different. It does, however, still look pretty impressive and has a giant skull on the front. I'm sure this is mostly a repaint of a previously released War Machine figure but I honestly don't recognize it off hand.
* The helmet doesn't look too different than a normal War Machine helmet, though the sculpt is still good. Looking at some art from the book, this definitely seems to be an excellent recreation of Frank's armor. The sides of the helmet look inset quite a bit, like the sides of a skull; I wonder if that's intentional?
* The paintwork on the armor is pretty good as there are a lot of uneven scuffs and scrapes across the armor, showing the metallic surface underneath the black paint. I can imagine that Tony Stark is pretty fussy with his armor and constantly repaints things after an encounter. Frank Castle, not so much. I imagine he likes the "battle scars" that show up on this armor.
* While there are some limitations on mobility inherent in the armor design (ankles, shoulders pads, and the hips), overall this guy still moves really well. He's very fun, as you'd expect from an armored figure, and has the same great quality that Hasbro has made part of the Marvel Legends line.
* The Punisher comes with two sets of hands: A set of fists and a set of grips. They swap out easily and give you a couple options for posing.
* Alright! Let's get to the armaments on this armor! Frank comes with a ton of stuff, and first up is this articulated cannon for his left shoulder. It plugs into a hole on the left shoulder and features a hinge and a swivel, allowing the cannon to rotate around and track its targets. It also has a blue tip, which I'm assuming means it fires repulsor bursts.
* Both the cannon and the taser staff are intended to fit inside the shoulders of the armor. To replicate this, the set comes with two plugs, one looking like the barrel of the cannon and one looking like the handle of the stun staff. These plug in to give the illusion that the weapon are safely stowed away inside the armor.
* Lastly, the Punisher comes with two guns. The magazines on these are hinged and pull down. I first thought they were little pistols but they actually attach to the armor.
* The guns attach to the forearms of the armor, which already looks they're covered with weapons. The magazines unfold and these bad boys are ready to rock.
* For storage, the guns fold up and fit into the side of the War Machine armor's hips. It's cool how everything stores on the armor, but can pop out to instantly arm Frank!
* My only real complaint here is that the magazine hinges do tend to be a little loose. I have one of mine that tends to fall apart when I'm changing it's position. Be careful!
If you need more Punisher reviews, I've also looked at the standard One:12 Collective Punisher, the Punisher: Fully Loaded, the Marvel Legends Series Walgreen's exclusive The Punisher and the Fan Channel The Punisher.
If you're counting this as War Machine, well, then this is the first War Machine figure I've reviewed. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews, check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)
Enchantress (Mystic Rivals)
Nico Minoru (Mystic Rivals)
Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher (2019)
Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)