The Punisher (Frank Castle) is a fictional character, an anti-hero in the Marvel Comics Universe.
Created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru, the character made its first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man No - 129 (February 1974).
The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his family, who were killed by the mob when they witnessed a gangland execution in New York City's Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional weaponry. His family's killers were the first to be slain. A war veteran, Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare and a wide variety of weapons.
This was one of the first figures to be released by Knight Models, and it started to set the standard that Knight Models are known for.
This isn't their most stunning release in the Marvel range, as the stance of the Punisher is a little bland, and he isn't one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe.
The figure comes in the now standard tin box, with the parts encased in two sheets of foam. A character bio card with the unique limited edition number and a picture of the completed model to help with painting completes the packaging.
The kit comes in 4 pieces, the torso with legs attached, right arm, left arm and a base.
The figure is about 72mm in height.
The head features slicked back hair, which is well done in this scale The face on the other hand does look a little strange. The cheekbones are very prominent, especially on the right side. When I first looked at the figure I thought he was wearing goggles. Looking at the box artwork of the finished figure, once the face is painted it doesn't look as prominent.
The body is clothed in a t/shirt featuring the Skull logo. The logo is etched into the metal so painting this part should be quite easy.
The Punisher is wearing the basic webbing, with a belt holding a eight ammo pouches. A grenade and a smoke grenade are slung from the shoulder straps.
The trousers are combat style with a large thigh pocket, and a holster slung from the right thigh attached by a double strap around the leg.
High laced combat boots for the feet have a very deep, and possibly out of scale tread pattern on the soles. Pour plugs attached to the soles help with attaching the figure to the base.
The right arm has a nice muscle definition to it, and the figure is wearing a wristwatch and is holding a shotgun. The shotgun looks Ok, but the barrel does keep getting bent a little, when handling.
The left arm is pretty much the same as the right but the figure is holding a pistol.
The base is moulded as a paved area, with two large indents to glue the figure into.
Highs: Detailed figure. Clean casting and fits together very well.Lows: One side of the face looks a little strange. Expensive for what you get. Only four parts to this kit.Verdict: This isn't the best of Knight Models Marvel figures, but should look pretty good once completed.
About Andy Brazier (betheyn) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM
I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...