SMALL SOLDIERS (HASBRO)
I feel it would be unfair tor review a member of the Commando Elite without also giving the Gorgonites their proper due, so today I’ll be looking at yet another Small Soldiers figure. Fun Fact: the supporting Gorgonites in the movie are all voiced by the members of Spinal Tap (likewise, the Commando Elite are voiced by the cast of The Dirty Dozen). Harry Shearer, also known for his work on The Simpsons, voiced Gorgonite Punch It, whose figure I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Punch It was part of Hasbro’s Small Soldiers line from 1998, but he wasn’t a standard release. Due to his size, Punch It was his own, special deluxe release. It’s actually a bit surprising that he was just a solo release, and not packed with Scratch It, his perpetual companion from the movie (who you had to buy a large vehicle to acquire). Anyway, the figure stands a little under 8 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. The articulation issue is still present here, but amusingly enough, Punch It has more articulation than a lot of the figures in the line, despite his on-screen figure actually having less movement than the other figures. The only real frustrating part for me is that the hands and legs, which are separate pieces, are glued in place, rather than being articulated. Punch It’s sculpt is actually one of the better sculpts to come out of this line. It captures the movie design pretty solidly, and there’s a lot of really tight small detail and texture work. He’s appropriately chunky and solid, and all of the extra details make him one of the most visually interesting figures Hasbro put out. Possibly the only downside to the sculpt is the fact that if you remove his big missile launcher on his back, there’s a big obvious post sticking out. Of course, it’s not like it’s anywhere near as obvious as the huge freaking gun thing on Brick Bazooka’s back, so that’s a plus. Punch It also gets one of the cooler paint jobs from the line. The basic work is all pretty solid and clean, and the colors match up nicely with his design, but I think the coolest part is the marbleized plastic for his skin, which plays up the texturing very nicely. Punch It included a back-mounted missile launcher and a clip-on claw for his right arm. My figure doesn’t have those pieces, sadly, so I can’t expose you guys to the awesomeness therein.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m always on the prowl for Small Soldiers figures, so when I found Punch It at Yesterday’s Fun over the summer, I was pretty psyched. Sure, he was loose and missing the accessories, but there’s no denying the sheer coolness of this design. If I’m totally honest, I think that Punch It’s design was the one that best translated to the actual toyline. This guy is just really, really cool, and I’m very happy that I got one.