Packaging - **1/2
Despite the beautiful artwork by Tim Bradstreet on the back and righthand
corner - the packaging sucks big time. This is blister carded, but the way
the flap at the front is folded (the one with Punisher text) - it's a major
turn off. It's also very bulky and there are a lot of hard to remove
twisties especially the one in his handgun.
Sculpting - ****
The Marvel Select Punisher is based on the designs by Tim Bradstreet
(Punisher Covers) - and this was followed very well. The guy in the arcade
machine has more details than the Punisher - check out the tattoos, the
pores on his face, the hair, the handcuffs, he got the details that should
have been on the Punisher. The guns were also badly sculpted (inaccurate)...I'm
going to shell out some cash and get Special Forces weapon packs.
Paint - ***½
Punisher has an overall black color which works well because his coat is
textured. Paint apps on the Punisher could be a bit better if they mixed in
hues of blue (like the new Venom from Spidey Classics). The wall base and
tortured guy in the arcade machine were very well painted (sad to say - even
better than the Punisher). This set should've been called: Tortured Guy in
Arcade with Punisher. I felt that the Punisher figure was a bit neglected
Articulation - **
Toybiz, what hast thou done? Surely you can give this figure more
articulation - instead we get 6 (neck, shoulder, wrist, waist)! This is what
happens when a company like McFarlane wins the Marvel license - figures that
are almost like statues. I'm very disappointed in this department - no elbow
joints, or leg joints or knee joints - Toybiz managed to create some hidden
knee articulations (Aragorn & Brego) by hiding the joints in rubbery
plastic - this should have been done here.
Accessories - ***1/2
Punisher is known for having a lot of guns, arsenal and weaponry. Here we
only get two rubbery guns (I thinks it's an armalite and a 45 caliber hand
gun). He also comes with a guy being tortured in an arcade machine - this is
well sculpted and cool but also a bit pointless. There are no articulations
on the figure being tortured and I think you can't remove him from the
arcade. There's also a nice wall backdrop with a neon signage - I think it
says Matthew's Tavern or something - also nicely sculpted. I have to buy
some weapon packs from Special Forces (Resaurus/Plan-B) to give Frank Castle
the armaments he deserve.
Overall - ***
Yeah, 3 - but don't let that disappoint you. This is the best PUNISHER
figure I have seen - just needs more armaments though. But I would strongly
suggest you hold on to your cash and invest on the Marvel Legends Punisher -
which will also come out with a trenchcoat variant. By the way, this is more
in scale with McFarlane Movie Maniac toys!
Where to Buy:
Most comic shops are carrying the Marvel Select line, and some specialty
stores like Media Play. On-line:
River Collectibles has him for $19 plus shipping.