Sometimes parts reuse just doesn’t turn out as well as expected. As a former action figure customizer, I can appreciate having a vision for a base figure and thinking that vision will be borne out in the end. I’ve also had experiences in which the limitations of the base figure couldn’t be overcome, and the final figure didn’t match what I had in my head. I see the same situation in Monkeywrench.
The bulk of this figure is made up of the 25th anniversary Gung-Ho, a figure that in my opinion is one of, if not the weakest modern version of the character. On a positive note, the Tomax/Xamot arms were a decent choice, and much improved over the Gung-Ho arms. The added Dreadnoks tattoo is also a great touch. The Outback head is also a nice approximation of the Dreadnoks’ explosives expert. I think that last sentence distills my feelings about the figure: most everything about it is an approximation of the character it’s trying to portray, from the vest to the grenades belt and even to the harpoon gun.
Perhaps I’m also down on this figure due to the gear that he’s encumbered with. Not only is he wearing a vest and dog tags, but he’s also got a grenade belt and an explosives satchel. Piling all of this stuff on him looks a bit ridiculous, and it all just doesn’t quite seem to fit. All in all, a noble effort considering there are no new parts to this figure, but for me, a disappointment.
One last thing: I was able to stock up on a few Monkeywrenches as the two-pack was plentiful at my local Walmart stores, and the Outback head sculpt provided the impetus for me to attempt a few Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos customs in Joe scale (the man had so many costume changes–I could’t resist!)