It has been a while since I’ve done a double review, so in honor of me getting older, you all get a present…no really, I just got older and forgot to do a review last week so I’m doubling up lol….So, let’s go look at some toys!
We are starting off with the Jackal. This guy is interesting on many levels characterwise. I mean for a while he was just a guy who dressed up in this costume (yes this is a costume, not a mutation) who liked clones. Yup, this is the guy responsible for Maximum Clonage…at the same time, he did bring us The Punisher, so not all that bad. What is cool though is this body. Look at all the details! That maniac grin, the fur, the toes…yet this is a costume, go figure.
This texturing is all over, so it is quite impressive.
Articulation is on par. He can really hunker down for those sinister poses.
of course he also passes the one legged test.
All in all, we have a new body type, well painted and textured that poses. All this for a character that honestly I could have lived without. Sorry, just he isn’t my favorite of the Spider characters. Plus aside from the BAF part, this is all we get! No kind of accessory, weapon…nada
I am not going to end on a downer, I mean it is some of Hasbro’s best work, and those 5 die hard Jackal fans will be more than pleased I know. I am intrigued what they will re-use this body for. Over all I give this a B+, and mostly because…well…it’s the Jackal. I would have loved to have seen this with more bulk, blue and called Beast lol.
Next we come to the Shocker! This guy has been one of my more favorite bad guys, especially after reading Superior Foes of Spiderman. This poor guy has been beaten down by almost every hero who doesn’t wear an X on his belt, but he gets the love he truly deserves. On what could have been just a simple Bucky Cap repaint (cough BLIZARD) they really went all out on him. In fact at first that is what I thought they were doing, but in hand I got some surprises.
The head is remolded with one eye squinted as if he’s either taking aim, or just confused. The arms have these awesome gauntlets that the metal are actually hard molded on. They could have easily just painted this and it would have gotten by, but this goes the extra mile. I know it would have been awesome if the quilted patter was actually textured, but I’ll give it a pass. One thing I HAVE to mention, if you get him in hand, they actually paint the joint peg on his leg to line up with the quilt patter.
Plus get gets effects! Yes the same ones Havoc and Wonderman use, but still, more than the Jackal came with. Plus these really work well with Shocker here.
It’s still a basic Marvel Legend Buck, so the articulation is again up to par. Nothing to hinder it. I really like how the molded knee pads hid the joints.
My only real complaint with Shocker is just Hasbro’s inability to paint the pegs on the inside of the limbs. After that this guy is near flawless. A fantastic badguy for all your heroes to fight, or to augment your supervillian teams. (btw, this image makes sense if you read Superior Foes…)
It is weird, but I had a TON more fun with Shocker than Jackal and just with all the little details given for a guy of his stature, the effects and molded parts, I give Shocker here a solid A