SPECIAL FORCES (PLAN B TOYS)
When I was younger, I was that rare kid who really wasn’t into video games all that much. In the last few years, that’s changed a bit (having a brother, a girlfriend, and a best friend who are all pretty into such things tends to have a slight influence), but games are still very much secondary to my other interests. That said, in my youth I was known to get addicted to the occasional online side-scroller game. One such game was The Indestructible Rex Gannon, where you played as the title character, who had to work his way through spike pits and evil guards. It was a pretty simple game, but I really enjoyed it. I was also thrilled to find out that the game’s site offered a figure of the titular hero. The figure was produced by the now-defunct Plan B Toys, who produced a few assortments of generic soldiers and firefighters before going under. So, let’s have a look at Rex.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rex was produced by Plan B Toys to be distributed through the Rex Gannon site. Officially, he’s part of their Special Forces line, but his more cartoonish head meant he never quite looked at home with the rest of the line. Rex is about 6 inches tall with 19 points of articulation. In the game, Rex is actually depicted in an orange jumpsuit. However, in order to keep the costs on the figure manageable, Rex had to make use of whatever pieces Plan B had in production at the time. So, Rex ends up being depicted here in a uniform that is rather similar to those worn by the enemy guards in the game, with the story being that he stole one for infiltration purposes. That’s pretty clever if you ask me. Ultimately, Rex ends up being a new head on the basic German Soldier body from Plan B’s World War II line. The head is a pretty decent sculpt. It manages to capture the look of Rex from the game pretty well. It’s certainly not the most detailed sculpt in the world, but all the important details are there. Rex definitely has a little bit of a Doc Savage look to him, which really fits that whole “Indestructible adventure hero” thing. The body is a little outdated in a few spots, especially when it comes to the joints. That said, it’s pretty well proportioned (in fact, Plan B tended to bank on the more realistic proportions of their figures when compared to their contemporaries) and it’s incredibly well detailed. The body is absolutely loaded with texture work, and it looks pretty darn amazing for it. Each piece of clothing has been given its own texture, and the shoes even feature proper shoelace detailing. For something made by a smaller company over a decade ago, the detail on this is really amazing. Rex’s paintwork is pretty solidly handled as well. The basic paintwork is all pretty clean, with no bleed over or slop to speak of. The head has the cleanest work. The coolest part is definitely his bright green eyes, which stand out really well against the more drab colors elsewhere. The body also features a darker wash, which brings out the texture of the clothing very nicely. Rex included a handgun, a holster, a handful of pouches, and a machine gun, of which I’ve only actually managed to hold onto the machine gun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, like I mentioned in the intro, I purchased Rex through the site which hosted the game. I actually found out about the figure and the game from my favorite toy news site at the time, Raving Toy Maniac. I recall that I only had enough money for either this figure or the Toyfare exclusive Jason Todd from Hush, and I chose this figure. Ultimately, Jason Todd ended up being the better long term investment, but I can’t say I ever felt like I made the wrong choice. When Rex arrived, his box had been personalized by his designer Jesse DeStasio, with a little profile of Rex and a note that read “Contains: One extremely pissed off Indestructible Man” written in silver sharpie on the side. That definitely made me feel pretty cool about my purchase. Rex is one of those figures that probably will go unnoticed by most people, but he’s tremendously fun. I had actually forgotten how much I enjoyed the figure until I pulled him back out for the review.