MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES
“A ruthless vigilante, Punisher single-handedly takes down crime one bad guy at a time.”
Historically, I’ve never been much of a Punisher fan. For me, he was one of the prime examples of what went wrong with comics in the late ‘80s on into the ‘90s. An amoral anti-hero who’s primary gimmick was shooting stuff up, who operated on making other, less extreme heroes look lame and old-fashioned. When he was announced to be appearing in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil series, I was a little apprehensive, but Jon Bernthal’s phenomenal turn as the character was one of the best parts of the season, and made me realize that I didn’t hate the character as much as I’d thought, I just hadn’t seen the right interpretation of him. As it turns out, the timing was just right on me getting into Punisher, since he just got a brand-new Marvel Legend, which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Punisher is the latest Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Legends Series figure. Going by the back of the box, he’s supposed to be a part of the Absorbing Man series from earlier this year, though he didn’t arrive even close to that series’ release, nor was he intended to. He ended up hitting stores about a month ago, not long after the Namor figure (making them the two closest released Walgreens-exclusives since they started carrying the figures). The figure is based on Punisher’s Jim Lee-designed look from the ‘90s, which is a decent choice, since it’s just a slight variation on his classic design. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Punisher is built on the Reaper body, which was somewhat surprising at first, but, upon having the figure in hand, feels like a pretty good choice. The only downside to this body is that they have yet to release hands with trigger fingers for it, which is a bit of an issue for a gun user like Punisher, but can fairly easily be remedied with a little minor modification. Punisher gets a new head, as well as two add-on pieces for his shoulder straps and belt. The new head is quite a nice piece. The headband is certainly a unique look, and the whole sculpt captures the Lee take on the character quite well, as well as fitting the base body very nicely. The add-ons are also very well-rendered pieces, which add a nice extra touch of character to the figure. Punisher’s paintwork is clean and sharp, and makes the figure look very well put together. The slightly off-black of the uniform looks really nice, and the details such as the logo and the face are superbly rendered. The accessories are an area where this figure really shines. He gets an extra head, sans headband, for a more classic look, an m60 machine gun, a Striker shotgun, and a SMAW rocket launcher. That’s actually a pretty impressive selection, especially compared to the likes of Winter Soldier or Black Widow from earlier in the Infinite Series line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Wanna guess where I got Punisher? That’s right, Walgreens! After tracking down <most of> the latest X-Men series, this guy was at the top of my list. My dad, who was helping me track down the X-Men figures, actually saw this guy and didn’t realize I hadn’t gotten him yet. So, we made a trip back to that same Walgreens and I picked him up. Gotta say, I really like this guy a whole lot, and that’s surprising to me, since I didn’t care about the character a year ago.