MISSILE SPECIALIST  
  Code Name: BAZOOKA  
 

I liked Bazooka when I was a kid, and I seem to remember a lot of people did. He was a bloke in a sports shirt who carried around a missile launcher, he had an easy-to-remember name, what's not to like? He's remained something of a fan favourite, though his brand of colourful stupidity is an easy target for various gritty remakes of the series.

Bazooka was actually one of the first 25th Anniversary figures I got, and he scared the crap out of me. The 25th range are about a quarter of an inch taller than the vintage toys, which translates to about four and a half inches in full-scale height - nothing implausible. However, Bazooka is taller and bulkier than basically anything else in the line, and I thought the two separate series would be incompatible. Now I've got others to bridge the gap it's not as noticeable.

The burly look fits nicely, though the impressive set of man-boobs he sports are perhaps a stage too far. Compared to other 25th toys, Bazooka is lacking in articulation, notably in the legs, which have the 1980s standard fold-back-90° knees. The rest of him is much the same, though the mid-torso joint makes his shirt look terrible, splitting the large '14'. It's a shame they couldn't make an exception and drop the joint down to the waist.

Accessories-wise Bazooka does pretty well, with a backpack holding his launcher and four removable missiles. These can be dropped down the barrel of the missile launcher itself, but you won't have much fun getting them back out. I also tend to give him a big pistol to round him out a little, and give him a bit more range - he can only hold the launcher in a few positions. The helmet strap tends to pop loose easily too. These are quibbles, though. Bazooka is flawed, but is still easily the best version of the character made to date.

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