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Series/Wave Series 4 Wave 19 #013
Marvel artist Mike Deodato Jr. returns to Wave 19 for more awesome packaging artwork. Figure is displayed nicely in the plastic shell. The back of the card has MODOK as Wave 19’s mascot and shows more of the available figures. Back of the card also has a small Punisher bio. Solid packaging as usual for you MOC collectors.
Punisher uses the now-standard Wave 13 Cyclops body with a new head sculpt. The Punisher’s new head is easily the best Hasbro has ever made (it’s attempt #4). The muscular sculpt works well for Punisher without going overboard. Added to the sculpt is the Punisher’s trademark belt with added gun hosters and a knife sheath on his ankle.
The majority of the body is cast in black with the boot and gloves being cast in white. A slightly glossy white was used to paint the Punisher’s trademark skull on his chest. If the paint job stopped there it would be a simple but effective classic look. Well, it didn’t stop there. A dark gray wash was applied to just about every piece of white, it’s very distracting. Gray splotches of paint everywhere! If you can get past the very dirty looking Punisher, it doesn’t ruin the figure. On the plus side his head is well painted and there weren’t any random quality control issues.
The Punisher has a punishing 28 POA. Ball-jointed head, hips & torso. Swivel biceps, calves, thighs, waist & wrists. Swivel/hinge shoulders. Hinged elbows & neck. Hinge/ball ankles. Double-hinged knees. The Punisher’s belt slightly hinders his waist and leg movement and swivel/hinge wrists would have been nice for better gun poses. Small complaints aside, the Wave 13 Cyclops body still features near perfect articulation.
Ignoring the “collectible comic shot” cardboard insert, the Punisher comes with a nice arsenal of weapons. Included is a UMP submachine gun, 2 pistols and a knife. The pistols fit nicely into the belt holsters and the knife slips into the ankle sheath. The plastic for the weapons is a little soft but they’re decent enough accessories. With the surprising amount of accessories, this pretty much makes Punisher the Kraven of Wave 19.
Comic Book Accuracy
Frank Castle, Marvel’s vigilante better known as The Punisher. The Punisher has worn this costume in his first appearance and for the majority of his appearances until recently. The specific design of the skull was introduced The Punisher Vol. 1 #50 (1991). In the Punisher’s most recent appearances he wears a t-shirt with a painted on skull instead of a costume. Anyways, this first is very comic accurate to his classic look.
After the first three attempts (Wave 1, Wave 1 revision & Target 2-pack) Hasbro finally made a decent Punisher figure with it’s fourth. If you’re a fan of the Punisher you should ditch the previous versions and pick up this well sculpted, highly articulated, poorly-painted upgrade.
I hate waiting for things to hit retail in South Florida so I pre-ordered Wave 19 from ToyWiz. Their service is fantastic, everything arrived within a few days after it was released. If you feel like hunting, Wave 19 has been found in Walmart (if yours still carries MU).