Spearhead (2001 Funskool)
By Past Nastification
Funskool usually had two approaches to its color schemes. The first was to keep figures about the same as their American releases. The second was to go random with gaudy and clashing colors guaranteed to create motion sickness. Those figures were fun not because they were good, but because they were outside the norm.
But every so often, Funskool would produce a figure that had colors schemes that were different from- and superior to- American releases. Admittedly, this is a bit subjective. But for my tastes the 2001 Spearhead is one of these figures.
At a quick glance, this Spearhead isn’t much different from the Night Force Spearhead of the ARAH run. The differences between the two figures are more evident in the photographs than they are to the naked eye, especially the differences in the belt/boot colors. The dark uniform colors on both figures have a “Night Force” feel, but the lighter brown of the Funskool figure’s vest/body armor creates more contrast against the uniform. The contrast of the lighter brown on the Funskool figure makes the dark parts more dynamic. The paint applications, even on the eyes, are surprisingly crisp for a Funskool figure. The pea green backback doesn’t blend with rest of the uniform, but somehow that’s a good thing here.
The figure could have had a few improvements. Like many Funskool figures, the head plastic is a bit waxy, hiding some of the crisp sculpting. Poor Max is crayon orange, begging to have been molded in a more bobcat-like color (or better still, a multi-color set). These are minor things, though, and don’t detract from the overall vibe of the color design.
Funskool used a slick color set to bring fun to a mold that was over a decade old at the time and really made it stand out.