MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Frank Castle takes to the streets and delivers brutal vigilante justice as The Punisher.”
I haven’t reviewed a Punisher figure in over a year, which on one hand seems a little weird, but on the other hand is surprisingly frequent for a character I owned exactly one figure of for the first 20 years of my collecting. Classically, I wasn’t much of a fan of the character. It wasn’t until he was introduced in Netflix’s Daredevil show that I truly started to appreciate the character. Since then, I’ve gotten quite a few more Punishers, including today’s offering, another Marvel Legends release.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Punisher is another Fan Channel-exclusive Marvel Legends release. Interestingly, it’s one of two Frank Castles to be included in the Fan Channel line-up of figures, the other being the Punisher War Machine. This one goes for a more gritty, urban look for the character. Not being super familiar with the character’s comic exploits, I don’t know if it’s a reference to a specific look, or just a slightly more real-world adaptation of his usual design. It’s a cool look whatever it is. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. While the previous Fan Channel figure have been pretty straight re-decos, Punisher mixes things up a little bit, not by being a new figure, but rather by being a mix of a number of prior figures. He uses the torso and legs of the Netfilx Punisher, the arms from Scourge, the heads from the Walgreens Punisher, and the vest from the RoML Ultimate Captain America. It all adds up to a fairly tactical looking take on Frank, especially depending on which head you opt to go with. I personally feel that if you ditch the vest and give him the head with the headband, he looks a bit like he’s going for a Solid Snake cosplay, which I have no issues with at all. The paintwork for this guy is rather involved, with camo on the pants, and a rather distressed skull on the torso. The two heads also get two very different paint schemes. The slicked back hair head gets skull-styled face paint to match the torso, which is fun, while the headband head gets some serious bags under his eyes, and some pretty intense scruff, making it look like he’s been going for a while. Of the two I prefer the headband myself, but I love having two diverse options. In addition to having the two different heads, Punisher is also packed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a sniper rifle. All of them are re-used, but they’re pretty nice, and he actually has an easier time holding his weapons than a lot of prior figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In a similar fashion to yesterday’s Wolverine, I wasn’t really sure I needed to get this figure when he was first shown off. The other Fan Channel figures are a little more on the exciting side, and this guy also had the misfortune of arriving alongside Havok, who definitely got most of the attention. That being said, I did still like the concept on this guy, and the exectution’s definitely a lot of fun. I’ve still got a soft spot for that spandex look, but there’s no denying that this is a cool look for Frank.