The articulation is still a pain, particular the hips and shoulders, but the head has excellent range on the neck ball-joint as do the ball-joints on the wrists and ankles. There are double-hinges on the elbows and knees, swivels at the bicep and thighs and a nicely down ab joint in the mid-chest. The hips still suck, but this guy can pose if you’ve got time to spare.
The dull color pallet keeps paint to a minimum, but I had some good and bad experiences. The deco on the head is the best. The dark wash and piercing green eyes bring the figure to life. The gray and black pallet works great and stands in stark contrast to the red. The Hydra tampos on the jacket also add some cooler and look fantastic. A few little buckle and strap decos round out the good parts. As you can see in the pics, I did have some paint issues on the neck. My head was a little paint-fused to start with and freeing that up really tore up the paint. Not a dealbreaker since most poses will obscure the chips.
The other reason I bought ol’ Red is for the accessories. He has three: two pistols and the quintessential Cosmic Cube. It’s just a little blue cube, but I love it. It fits well in the left hand, not as snug as I’d like, but you can wedge it in between the fingers and the jacket cuff for some great poses. The two guns are nice too. I got a kick out of the all-red one. The other looks possibly comic-specific (Readers? Anyone know?), but as a result doesn’t fit in either of the two holsters. Two guns. Two holsters, but nada. Oops! I did try using only the leg holster and removing the shoulder harness to see if the coat would fit better, but no go. Finally, there is a Mandroid Arm in need of the torso. (If you thought I wanted an Avengers Black Widow before…)
While the figure still fits the paradigm of “new head sculpt & weird body, the overall figure is still pretty good. The head sculpt is amazing and it really plays off the muted mercenary-type body well. The colors are great. I love the tampos and the accessories. Posing him might not be as fun as I’d like, but this guy can just take a stately pose on my shelves and hand out with Kang I believe. He may not be a great figure, but I ended up liking him quite a bit after all was sad & done, I suppose. I might not even sell him.
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