Spirit Iron-Knife (2005)
Wait, didn’t we just cover this guy recently? Sort of. He was part of a comic pack in 2006, but before that was a single carded DTC release. This original figure features a really large Freedom sidekick as well as a unique belt and rifle. All three elements add more interest to the character and I prefer this one to the later repaint.
I’m not an expert on eagles, but I imagine Freedom is out of scale. Regardless, he’s an impressive sight on Spirit’s arm, and I’m glad he doesn’t have fragile claws like his predecessor. I’ve long been a fan of animal companions in the line, and was happy to see him included.
The rifle appears to be another of the odd modular weapons that populated the latter offerings of the new sculpt years. This one has a mount point on the bottom, as well as some pegs on the side. I recall that the concept was supposed to involve the never-realized Robot Rebellion series planned after Valor vs. Venom. Who knows what this could have been?