Cross Country (2014)
What a difference a year makes. It seems like only yesterday, I received the Collector’s Club rendition of Iceberg. I’m still having nightmares about that fugly figure–yikes. It’s a shame he wasn’t done justice. But I’ve beat up on Iceberg enough. Lo and behold, here comes Cross Country, and the difference in quality is night and day. In terms of design, fit and finish, it’s like going from the first 25th anniversary assortment to the Pursuit of Cobra in one year.
Like his 80s counterpart, Cross Country has a lot of personality in his head sculpt. He looks the part of the likeable guy who appeared in both the cartoon and comic book. Though he retains the general elements that defined his original figure, new elements have also been added, and the figure benefits from the reuse of more recent body parts. The newly produced vest recalls the old while bringing in a new element, a holster. This addition befits the character while providing him with needed firepower. The fact that it’s a personalized weapon is a cool extra. Not to be forgotten is his specialty as a vehicle driver, and he’s got a huge wrench as well.
I’ve not been able to pick up many of the recent club exclusive figures in the last few years, and so I’ve been looking forward to the incentive figures more and more. Cross Country pays homage to the past, while updating and modernizing a bit. The modular construction style seems to be allowing for an unlimited amount of character potential with just a few part additions. When it works, the results are brilliant.