Tracker Kwinn (2004)
Sometimes, Hasbro gets points just for having the chutzpah to get a figure out to market, even if it doesn’t live up to expectations. In the case of Kwinn, could any figure made mostly of existing parts live up to fan wishes? I can remember wanting a toy version of the infamous mercenary ever since reading Marvel issue number two way back when.
Yes, there are issues with the figure, but in 2004, I was so jazzed to have an official Hasbro Kwinn figure, I didn’t care that he wasn’t absolutely “right.” I suppose the most obvious issue was the fact that the Kwinn we finally got was outfitted in the parka, and not his iconic jungle togs. This, like other nags about the figure, probably just all comes down to parts availability . The only shorts-wearing figures I can think of that were available at the time were Sagat from Street Fighter, and the new sculpt Alpine.
Despite the fact that Kwinn is a repainted Big Ben mold, which I had grown tired of during the 2000s, the newly created parts make the figure as a whole more palatabl. Sculpting a fur collar onto the new head was a fairly ingenious way of adding a missing clothing detail to the mold, and the inclusion of the weasel skull necklace is an awesome touch. Sure, he’s not the hulking presence that he was in the comics, but the old o-ring style just doesn’t allow for much in the way of larger build characters.
The weapon is a case of close but no cigar, as even the file card states that Kwinn’s weapon of choice is a belt fed .30 caliber. Roadblock’s Ma Deuce was a nice try, but I have to wonder if anyone at Hasbro remembered that Sgt. Savage’s Dynamite figure was equipped with a proper .30 cal machine gun. I don’t want to sound like a whiner, because I still have a soft spot for this figure. It represents what the comic pack concept did well; give fans figures that most likely couldn’t see the light of day as a single card release.