FORTNITE (MCFARLANE TOYS)
My last Fortnite-themed review was back in December of 2019. Ah, 2019. What a different place to be. Given that I’ve never played even a second of the game, I do actually review stuff from it here with a surprising frequency. Look, I’m a sucker for a fun toy, and you can’t deny that Fortnite‘s designs do result in some fun toys. While I’ve stuck with the Jazwares component of the tie-ins thus far, McFarlane has also had their own line running alongside for a bit, which offers up a lot of the same stuff at a slightly different scale, but also a few unique pieces. Included amongst the unique stuff is today’s figure, the Plastic Patroller. Added in Season 9 of the game, the Plastic Patroller is a pretty straight forward concept: he’s an old school plastic green army man. That’s very toyetic, and I’m all about it.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Plastic Patroller was added to McFarlane’s Fortnite line early this year. The figure stands 7 1/4 inches tall and he has 35 points of articulation. Comparing the two toymakers’ lines, I don’t find the McFarlane offerings to be quite as easily posed, at least going by this particular figure, but I don’t think it’s a bad set-up. It’s on par with the DC stuff, so it’s certainly much better than what Todd used to do. In-game, the Patroller is largely a recoloring of the Jonesy skin, so this figure is unsurprisingly built on a lot of the same parts as the McFarlane Jonesy. It’s a decent enough starting point. I’m super crazy about how the ankles and wrists look, but for the most part it works. I also did find it interesting that the trigger finger is on the left side, which isn’t very common. That I definitely don’t mind, though. He does get a new head and feet, though, in order to give him both the helmet, and the excess plastic at the feet, to help really sell that green army man feel. The helmet does maybe feel a little to joined to the head and not a distinctly different part, based on the animation model, but it’s not terrible, and does still feel like the old toy, so it still works. The extra stuff on the feet actually makes him a bit more stable, so I won’t complain about that. In terms of color work, the Patroller is actually a little more involved than you might think at first glance. He’s based on the skin’s second iteration, after it was reworked in order to remove its potential for blending in with certain environments. So, he’s not just straight green, but actually has a little bit of dirt build-up. Though not quite as classically green army man, it does make him a slightly more involved design, I suppose. It’s like he’s been taken out to the playground. The Patroller is packed with the Response Unit Back Bling, Scar Assault Rifle, Knockwurst harvesting tool, and a stand. Not a bad selection of parts, and it certainly follows the gamut of the game’s stylings, being a mix of goofy and straight forward. The rifle’s basic, but I really dig the Knockwurst, as goofy as it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My Fortnite purchases are entirely based on “hey, that’s a cool design”, with no underlying knowledge beyond that. Jazwares had dragged me in with the Joe compatibility, and then gotten me on board with the 6 inch stuff, but I was steering clear of McFarlane, because why would I need to start another scale. Well, a green army man’s a good enough excuse. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s a one-off. I hope it’s a one-off. I’m sticking by it being a one-off.
FYI, we’re heading into another post-Jess section here. The Plastic Patroller came from the same trip to Target as yesterday’s Major Bludd. Likewise, I didn’t go in expecting to find him, but after finding Bludd, I was wandering through the video game section, and I spotted this guy. And I heard this little voice in the back of my head telling me that they’d be mad at me if I didn’t buy him, because I’d regret it later. It felt very Jess. Again, I may be doing some projecting, and maybe I’m seeing more than what’s there and attributing silly, little minor things to her, but hey, that’s where I am.