The Peter Parker figure we reviewed today isn't the only Retro Collection release to be inspired by a figure from Series 2 of the 1994 animated Spider-Man line. The rest of the lineup for that series was Kraven, Vulture, Alien Spider Slayer, Web Parachute Spider-Man, the Lizard... and Kingpin.
Wilson Fisk ruthlessly rules New York City's underworld with cunning and a keen intellect.
This is, of course, the Build-A-Figure with new paint. His coat is still white (though his pocket square is now red instead of purple), but the rest of his clothes have been repainted to more accurately match what he wears in the comics: purple pants, a yellow vest with black buttons, and a big blue ascot. You'll notice that's something new: the BAF had a necktie, while this one does not. It seems to be a new piece that's glued over the existing mold, rather than a completely new chest tooling, and it looks perfect.
Kingpin still has his diamond-topped cane, and still has two heads: one calm, one angry. To add even a little more value to the release, the angry head has a few cuts and abrasions, and a black eye on the left side - you can assume he's been brawling with Daredevil or something. The paint changes give a little more personality to what was already a really cool sculpt.
If the Build-A-Figure was the only Kingpin available, he'd have been a perfectly fine representation of the character. A very good one, in fact. But with the release of this Chungus, that BAF body is now free to be Shadow King forever, while this one gets to worry about the street-level heroes nosing in on his business.
Wow, this is indeed a much better representation of the Kingpin than the BAF. This is in fact what pops into my mind when I think of the Kingpin.
Er, is this a mass retail figure or an exclusive, though?
I think it's a "Fan Channel" exclusive, like Cowboy Hat Wolverine or Lightsaber Iron Man Nobody Wants were. I know you can get it on Amazon, and probably at GameStop or your local comicshop, but don't expect it to show up at Walmart or Target...
Ah, since I don't live in the US, I guess my best hope is our local Toys R Us. I remember seeing Age of Apocalypse ...er... Apocalypse being sold there, so I assume this Kingpin is a similar exclusive?
Does Hasbro Pulse ship to you?
Alas, it does not. I live in South-East Asia (which is part of the reason we still have Toys R Us stores around).
And even if it did, I fear the shipping costs would be astronomical. I suppose hoping this Kingpin shows up in-store or with one of the specialist shops or dealers I know is my best bet.
Thanks for the suggestion, though!