FLASH GORDON (PLAYMATES)
Today we get to the character that is perhaps the first wholesale new character from the ‘90s Flash Gordon, General Lynch. Lynch fulfilled the role of Ming’s main lackey, which was hardly a unique role to the series. However, he himself didn’t have any direct counterparts in the earlier iterations. He’s just sort of a typical big-muscled lackey, of course, so he wasn’t really breaking new ground or anything. On to the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
General Lynch is yet another figure from the basic assortment of Playmates’ Flash Gordon line. The figure is a little under 5 inches tall (due to his slight hunch), and he has 5 points of articulation. He’s one of the shorter figures in the set, but he’s also the widest, so…good for him? While his articulation’s more in line with the rest of the series, his sculpt actually has a lot in common with his boss Ming. There’s a lot more texture and detail, and everything as a whole is just a lot sharper than most of the other figures. The details of his face and the scaly texture of his skin stand out in particular as very cool. He still bears a resemblance to his show appearance, but also has a certain degree of added realism, which just puts him above the others. It’s definitely one of the better sculpts the line had to offer, alongside Ming. Perhaps the only real downside (apart from the articulation) is his tendency to topple over. The paint on Lynch is pretty decent as well. It’s not perfect; there are a few spots of slop and bleed over, but the colors match up with his show appearance pretty well. The General included the usual AirSled (which is a purple very similar in hue to his boss’s sled), as well as strange, ice cream scoop-looking weapon of some sort.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Hey, do you want to take a guess where Lynch came from? Yep, same place as the last few figures: a lot I picked up at a convention last summer. I can’t say he was one of the figures I was particularly looking forward to, since Lynch on the show is ultimately a bit forgettable. That said, he’s actually one of the nicest figures in the set. The detail on that sculpt just can’t be beat! Now, why couldn’t they put this kind of work in on Talon and Thundarr? It’s unjust! Unjust, I tell you!