accented by a couple of sections of armor and green
pants. The level of detail is quite good and the overall sculpt is well done. (I
really like the seatbelt buckle across his chest and the spiked shoulder pad.)
For display purposes, he’s not too visually appealing due to his ugliness but he
does stand very sturdily on his base. (Without the base he just tips forward and
face-plants – must be why he has no nose.) This sturdiness is apparent when you
try out some of the articulation. No matter where you position his arms he
always stays standing. His poseability would have been enhanced had he been
given ball-jointed shoulders, instead of sticking exclusively with seam joints.
Despite his ugliness, I actually like Crippler’s color scheme. It’s an appealing
mix of pink, green, gold, and steel. His base is a sandy color. It’s without
oversplash and he manages to look gritty.
Playability is mixed, depending on your point of view, but since I’m writing the
review, my point of view is the only one that counts. I take off points for all
the sharp protuberances – especially the very subtle ones that you don’t notice
until, “Ouch!” On his left forearm he has a row of spikes that aren’t noticeable
for the most part especially if you run you finger from his wrist to elbow.
There is the obvious set of spikes on his shoulder pad that can really pack a
wallop if you step on him – I know this first hand – or play with him too
roughly. However, some of this danger factor is offset by his great accessories.
Besides the aforementioned hammer, which fits perfectly and snuggly in his left
hand, he has one of the best guns out there. It’s imaginatively designed and is
big and bulky – looking almost like something out of the Men in Black arsenal.
The gun fits well in his right hand but not snuggly so it can easily fall out.
And the gold hood on the front of the gun can be pulled off. Other than that
it’s solid. Crippler is also quite compatible with the other Mutant Earth
figures, fitting right in with the rest of the mutants, and is durable owed to
the basic articulation.
At the end of everything, Crippler’s a decent figure worth attention. He has
good detail, a good paint job and two really good accessories. While his
playability is somewhat limited, for display purposes he has potential if you
can put up with his butt-ugliness.
(August 10, 2002)