Jungle B.A.T. (2011)
In my lingering memory of the Pursuit of Cobra and the 30th anniversary lines, frustration is equally a part of my impressions as wonderful sculpts and amazing accessories. I didn’t want to be negative today, but I feel like I have to be realistic when talking about collecting. There are ups, downs and potholes in the road.
The Pursuit of Cobra exemplified that statement. Over the years, I’ve spent a good amount of money and time in pursuing my weird little hobby. But I want to thank these last two series of figures for the sometimes frustrating experiences they were. There was a time when I would have obsessed over tracking every figure down, no matter what. But having not been able to find all of the figures in the series, I now think I have a much healthier approach: if a figure makes its way into my hands, great. If not, that’s fine too. The situation has been a rough transition for a former completist, but it’s for the better, since now I don’t sweat or lose sleep due to lacking a couple figures here and there.
The Jungle BAT didn’t do much for me, which is kind of strange since I’m generally into repaints and odd concepts. I guess the paint apps look too busy, with the jungle camo next to the drybrushed metal. There’s just a lot going on here, and the paint apps just don’t seem to get along. And why couldn’t the knees have been painted with a little bit of camo pattern? Very annoying.
I wasn’t thrilled with the overall look or the concept of a jungle BAT. I’d rather have been able to find one of the other rare figures I missed out on, like Money Bag Destro or Crazylegs.