Sharing the same body as the green creatures from the rest of this Gremlins line, the Bandit Gremlin brings you a different figure - by most modern standards, anyway. My sample had joints that moved without too much fussing, which means at least mine was pretty great. The body is the same as the Cinema Gremlin and Stripe, but the head and gun are unique to this release.
The tiny terror has a special sack on his head which makes it different - a new head is, by definition, enough for a few figure. The ski mask has exquisite sculpting - which is arguably not ideal for a retro 1980s-style action figure. The texture is spot-on for a modern figure, and it's fully painted - unlike the typically glossy plastic noggins of the 1970s and 1980s. The red mouth and white teeth pop nicely, and his green chin pokes out of the hole. The creature's red eyes pop out of the holes in the orange section of the mask too, probably meaning that this head has more paint applications than many entire waves of the toys from the 1980s.
His body is striped, and his chest has the same green splotch as his fellow mutant monsters. With arms and legs that more or less move without a hassle, this figure is a decent desk toy - especially if you hand him the small gun. Again, this is wildly un-1980sy - his clawed finger actually fits in this trigger guard, which is awesome. This is also a thing you probably wouldn't see until the 1990s in most toy lines, and even then only in higher-end "collector" lines - companies like Hasbro didn't embrace individual fingers until after the first prequel.
If you look at this figure as a cool monster toy that's really just a modern take on the monsters that's kind of expensive and pretty tiny, I think you'll quickly come to appreciate its goofiness. Sure, the head has a big ugly seam along the middle of it, but a) at most angles you won't notice, and b) some variation of that is authentically 1980s. I sincerely doubt anyone will hold this up as a shining piece of plastic greatness, but as part of the Gremlins ReAction line it's pretty solid. It's amazing we got 3 Mogwai, 3 Gremlins, and Billy so far - I'm sitting here kind of hoping we get figures like Daniel Clamp along with the monsters from the sequel. However, at ten bucks a pop, I don't know that the figure selection is necessarily worth $70 due to their small, simple stature. If you only get one, get Stripe or the wacky Cinema Gremlin. Otherwise, just get something bigger - there are plenty of awesome Gremlins at pretty decent prices, especially Funko's own Pop! figures.
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