Joe Fixit, Bruce Banner's alter-alter-ego, trades scruples for extra intelligence, giving him the will and the way to act outside the moral boundaries of both Bruce and The Hulk.
Hey look, it's that Build-A-Figure I completed, with minorly new paint. Am I a sucker for buying this? Yes, probably. Is this release better than the BAF? Yes, definitely. Do I have a third question I can put here to fill out the "rule of threes" for good writing structure? No, I do not, so that just all falls apart right there. [way to paragraph, loser --ed.]
In Hasbro's defense, it's been two years since the BAF; they've definitely double-dipped faster than that in the past. And this one has a lot of features the old one didn't. To start with, a striped suit, which is better than plain blue. Sure, they could have done him in the white jacket and black pants look, but then he might get confused for Kingpin. Secondly, this release gets alternate hands, to hold the included Hulk-sized Tommy gun; hey, if the mob was paying for his suits, they could easily pay for his weaponry, as well. Unexpectedly, the ammo drum can be removed from the gun for more play.
Both this figure's heads are new, and it's to the toy's benefit. We get two: one wearing his giant fedora, the other with bare hair. Even the hat on that head is new, sitting on his head at a rakish angle, and he has a slight curl on his lip. The other head has a lock of hair falling over its forehead, and a big, wide, Jimmy-Cagney-style smile to make him look a bit unhinged. Both heads recall the art of Jeff Purves, who did a lot of the Joe Fixit issues. No surprise both new heads were sculpted by Paul Harding.
If you built the videogame Build-A-Figure, do you need this Walmart-exclusive Joe Fixit? Absolutely not. But if we made good decisions in likfe, would we be toy collectors? The white spats on the old figure are cooler than this one's plain black shoes, but everything else about this release makes it the superior offering.