Shocker: he’s the quilted sticker-upper.
Shocker has had an extended motion determine street up to now. He first acquired a determine below the Spider-Man Classics umbrella again when Toybiz reigned over Marvel figures. That one had a missile capturing motion function that rendered him elbow free. I used to be lower than happy about that. It was an honest determine for the time, however these elbows…at all times with the jutting arms, not bend, no nuance…I hate motion options and I couldn’t get previous them.
He acquired one other determine just a few years in the past, this one sporting his Thunderbolts-era costume. It was a much better determine—with working elbows and every part—and I used to be ready for that to be the ultimate phrase on Shocker figures. Not less than, for some time.
However this new retro assortment Shocker delivers unto the lots a Shocker determine that stands above all different Shocker figures. That includes Shocker in his basic costume, with sculpted element…that is the one that’s as proudly Shocker as might be.
That is a completely new sculpt, devoted to capturing the Shocker’s signature waffle sample. It’s a pinless physique, which implies that preliminary first bend goes to be stiff on each double joint. As soon as they’re loosened up, every part works completely, however there’s a second the place you’re hoping one thing isn’t irrevocably caught.
With that out of the way in which, you will have a wonderful determine. We’ve been getting plenty of wonderful Spidey villains recently, and this stands very excessive on the record. It simply does “it” completely proper. It bends. It strikes. It shocks. It toys. It’s enjoyable.
The one main criticism that I’ve seen relating to Shocker is the dearth of paint in his quilty bits. I’ve seen folks do some brown-lining, and it does undoubtedly perk up the determine fairly a bit. Since they’ve the mildew, I can see Hasbro releasing him but once more down the road with some brown strains, very like they re-released Mysterio with further paint. I might simply paint the strains on mine, however I discovered that I’m in no way bothered by the dearth of them. Sure, he appears to be like good with them, however in my view he appears to be like equally wonderful with out them. The pure shadows thrown by gentle give the sculptwork sufficient definition by itself. The way you stand on the matter is as much as you, in fact, however I’m leaving it as is.
Both that, or I’m shopping for a second to brown-line. I don’t know.
Shocker comes with a second set of forearms. With the distinctive setup of his gauntlets, he has no wrist articulation, so the complete forearm pops off, and might be changed with a set of open-handed gauntlets. It’s a pleasant bonus, and works to provide him some totally different moods.
Shocker comes with a set of these very acquainted bubble-swirl results that pop onto his fingers, however they don’t do a lot when it comes to evoking his powers for me. I’ve sufficient units of these by now that I’m pondering its time to retire them in favor of one thing else.
This determine appears like we’ve lastly achieved “definitive” with Shocker. That’s been occurring rather a lot recently with all kinds of unhealthy guys. I’m a fan.