PONCHO & CLOAKED UNMASKED PREDATOR
One of the best things about the original Predator was Arnold “Dutch” Schwarzenegger’s mercenary team. They’re sort of like the uber macho man equivalent to the Colonial Marines from Aliens, a memorable pack of characters whose sole purpose is to make the alien look scary and tough when it kills them all. Unfortunately, since Predator’s still mostly a Schwarzenegger vehicle, most of the merchandise tends to focus on him. Thankfully, we have Minimates to swoop in and save the day, though, and it’s through that channel that we’ve been able to almost complete the team. Today, I’m looking at my personal favorite member of the squad, Poncho, as well as another Predator variant.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Poncho and the Cloaked Unmasked Predator were released as part of the specialty assortment of Series 4 of Predator Minimates. The Cloaked Unmasked Predator was packed with both Poncho and Anna, Poncho being the 3-per-case heavy packed figure, and Anna being the 1-per-case chase.
Poncho is kind of a big deal, because he’s the last main member of Dutch’s squad to make into ‘mate format. It’s fitting, really, since he’s <SPOILERS!> also the last member of his squad to get picked off in the movie. Though not as bombastic as some of his squad-mates, Poncho’s always been my favorite because of his dry wit and slightly reserved nature. The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He’s built on the basic ‘mate body, with add-ons for his hat/hair, tactical vest, belt, holster, and sheath. Poncho’s add-on pieces are completely re-used parts, with the hat coming from Series 1’s Dillon, the belt being shared with his fellow mercs, the vast coming from Marvel Series 55’s Batroc, and his holster and sheath being standard parts. Apart from his hair texture not quite matching with the movie (a very minor flaw, mind you), the re-used parts work very well, and do a solid job of replicating his design from the film. Poncho’s paintwork is pretty solid as well. The likeness of Richard Chaves is definitely there on the face, and the general work is all quite clean and sharp. Poncho is packed with his HK94A3, Desert Eagle, knife, and a clear display stand. It’s a little sad that the “explosives expert” doesn’t actually come with any explosives, but it’s a decent selection nonetheless.
CLOAKED UNMASKED PREDATOR
“A standard piece of equipment for any Yautja hunter is a full-body cloaking device, which renders the Predator all but invisible to human eyes.”
Remember when I reviewed the standard Jungle Hunter? And his battle-damaged counterpart? Well, this guy is the same as those two, just molded in clear plastic. Woo. In all honesty, he’s really not a bad ‘mate. They actually printed all of his detail lines in white, which is certainly a nice touch. As with the other Jungle Predators, his only accessory is a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked these two up during Luke’s Toy Store’s Black Friday sale. I kept meaning to pick this one up, what with Poncho being my favorite and all. He’s pretty cool, no doubt about that. I can’t say I’m super thrilled about the Predator variant I had to purchase to get him, but at least I didn’t have to contend with the blind bags. Now I kind of want the rest of the team.