Dreadnok Crusher (2004)
How do you explain away the fact that you made a figure that uses 90% of an existing (and very recognizable) character’s parts? Make up a story that hints at the new guy killing off the old one. That’s pretty cold blooded, even for a Dreadnok. I suppose you can’t blame the club for trying to pull this one off, but I also wonder why they just didn’t make a new version of Gnawgahyde. Was the head mold not available? Was this initially intended to be the original, but later changed to the new character? See, this is the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night.
The figure is definitely striking, if for no reason other than his fancy camo pants and replaced head (thanks Street Fighter Zangief!). Speaking of the new head, there’s no way to get the hat to stay perched atop Crusher’s melon. The best you can hope for is to balance it and hope it doesn’t fall off at the slightest gust of air. Actually, I think it’s better left off, as the head is quite cool looking on its own, particularly with its detailed Cobra tattoo.
The file card says that he went on an overnight hunting expedition with Gnawgahyde and the Dreadnok poacher disappeared. Did anyone think to ask this guy why he’s wearing Gnaw’s clothes, using his gear, and even hanging with his wild boar buddy? I realize the ‘Noks aren’t all the straightest spokes on the wheel, but come on. Nobody is that dense. Maybe the camo pattern on the pants threw them off the trail, or all their brains have been addled due to years of a diet consisting solely of grape soda and chocolate donuts.