Does anyone else love The Tick? Because, let me tell you something: I love The Tick. I super-duper love The Tick. I love the comics, I love the cartoon, and I even love the short-lived live action show. Through his many adaptations over the years, the Tick and his supporting cast have been privy to a number of different styles of toys and action figures over the years. None of them have quite lived up to the awesomeness of the source material, but I think they’ve all at least tried. In the 90s, when the cartoon was on the air, Bandai America tried their hand at a few different lines, including a smaller scale line of figurines that covered a large number of cast members, both major and minor. On the more minor side of things is Dynamole, a minion of the villainous Chairface Chippendale. Not necessarily one of the most exciting characters from the show (or even the most interesting bomber on the show. That would be the Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight!), but he was part of the ensemble none the less.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Dynamole was part of the first (and only) series of Bandai’s small-scale The Tick line. He stands about 3 inches tall (making him to be too large to be in scale with most of the other figures in the line, a common issue with Bandai America’s products) and zero, count ‘em, zero, points of articulation. This guy and all the figures in this particular line were deliberately designed as figurines, not as full functioning action figures, so none of them got any movement. The pose you see here is the pose that you get…for eternity. He’s also permanently attached to a stand, one would assume for additional stability. Dynamole’s pose is fairly generic, standing straight up and down sort of look, with his right arm bent outwards and his index figure pointing out as if he’s about to press a button or something. Presumably, it’s a detonator of some sort. The actual quality of the sculpt is overall pretty decent, if nothing particularly noteworthy. He looks like the character from the show, which is the important thing. The details could stand to be a little more defined in several spots, but it’s hard to tell if that’s truly an issue with the sculpt or if it’s to do with the paint. Speaking of the paint, while the colors are pretty decent, the actual application is incredibly thick, and the details only tend to be in the same approximate area as the sculpted elements. The paint is also incredibly glossy, which is a slightly odd choice, since I don’t believe Dynamole is supposed to be slimey or shiny or anything. Kinda weird.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Somehow, I managed to miss out on most of the cartoon-based Tick merchandise when it was still new. I ended up finding Dynamole and most of the other figures from this particular line at a nearby antique store a few years back. I mostly got Dynamole because I was buying the set, and I mostly bought the set because it was the most expansive selection of characters from the show that was readily available. Ultimately, Dynamole isn’t a super exciting figure, but he’s interesting enough, and looks decent with the rest of the set.