Articulation is pretty good and what we’ve come to expect from the line, but we do get the added ball-jointed wrists. I’m still adamant that the entire line should have these, but whatever. They really get Leech into some convincing poses where he can use his “power”. The ankles are similarly well-ranged, but my Leech’s ankles are a bit loose. His huge feet give him a steady base to stand on, but some of those more extreme poses find him slowly teetering one way or another as the ankle gives way to his bulk.
Not an accessory per se, but Leech does include his Horde Armband. It’s not the same one we’ve been getting with the Horde members, as the shoulder pad apparently had to be attached to it for logistics reasons. I’m gonna guess they couldn’t spring for a new bicep piece or a better way to connect it, but I find that this method just barely works. I don’t like it much. I’m glad it’s there – it’s one of those old unpainted details on the original figure, I just wish it had been executed better. As it is, it just kinda floats over there.
Leech also includes his Horde crossbow. It’s a nice piece, unique like the others and still a variant on a theme just like we remember. I just don’t care much. I imagine that’s just me – I appreciate that they have standard issue gear and the Classics figure must absolutely include them, but I rarely pose any of the Horde guys with their ‘bows. They all go to the accessories bin and this one isn’t going to be any different.
Leech – amazingly – had some budget leftover, so he was given a “Horde Net” to make up for his own lack of suction. It’s a cool piece – I love that the vintage figure had his vice-like lips – he’s hanging out in the back window of my car right now, but the net is more useful in play. It’s a cool piece and a nice addition to the line – though I wish it stuck to more things. Mine’s a bit fickle. Getting this picture with Fisto took a lot more work than it should have…
Overall, Leech more or less won me over. There are some details I could nitpick to death like the shoulder pad or the teeth and I’m still anti-open mouth – think of how cool a hinged jaw could’ve been – but the truth is I’ve enjoyed having Leech around. Still, I understand – if you’re looking for a more menacing, nightmarish Leech – this Classics figure isn’t for you. This is an update to guy whose claim to fame was that he could stick to your TV or fall onto a hardwood floor in the middle of battle and not be able to get up. That’s this Leech. He’s not out to eat Land Sharks and scare the crap out of Mer-Man. He’s just looking for a good time.
In my display, most of the Horde take up residence towards the back of my MOTU shelf, but that doesn’t seem like the right place for Leech. I’m going to need to find him a spot towards the front. I even think I’ll work that silly net into the display, though maybe not as intended…
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