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by yo go re

Does anybody happen to know what time it is?

Name: Jesse McCree
Age: 37
Occupation: Bounty Hunter
Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

A member of the notorious Deadlock Gang, young Jesse McCree trafficked weapons and goods through the American southwest until the day the gang was busted by the Overwatch team. Because of his skills, McCree was recruited to Overwatch's covert ops "Blackwatch" division. He flourished there, but when he realized forces within Blackwatch wanted to usurp control of the organization as a whole, he noped out, heading off to find his own way in the world. Now a gunslinger for hire, he only chooses to aim his Peacemaker at those he feels deserve it.

Sheriff Handsome is one of Overwatch's most identifiable characters, right up there with the fast butt-girl (which may be why the two of them were put into the inexplicably named "Chili and Mango White" two-pack together). He looks like he should be voiced by Steve Blum, what with the shaggy hair and scruffy beard and all.

While the game is set in the later half of the 21st century, McCree dresses like an Old West cowboy, which would be like someone casually wearing Jane Austen fashions today. Yes, he has a robotic left arm, but that's mostly hidden beneath his red serape. He also wears a plate of armor on his chest, but other than that, things are decidedly low-tech: a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, leather chaps, cowboy boots with pointy toes and spurs on the heels, etc. His belt buckle reads "BAMF" (because he's a big fan of the X-Man Nightcrawler, obvs), and he wears a large metal kneepad on his left leg. And a ragged cowboy hat. There's no missing that.

Like all the Overwatch Ultimates, McCree is surprisingly short. It would have been a lot of fun if these figures were in scale with Hasbro's other major lines, Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series, but it was not to be. McCree may stand nearly 6⅜" tall, thanks to the hat, but put him next to any properly sized figure and you'll immediately see how much more pequeño he is. At least the articulation is good? Micky Macky moves at the head, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles.

The accessories are simple, but as they should be: he's got his massive Peacemaker pistol, with a translucent yellow muzzle flash to plug into the end, and three flashbang grenades on the left side of his belt. The pistol can fit into the holster, and the figure includes alternate hands for both sides: the right hand is either shaped to hold the gun, or in a pose that is best described as "pinching" (possibly to tip his hat?); the left hand is either closed to hold the grenades, or open flat to fan the hammer on his gun. You know what would have been fun, though? A tumbleweed!

There's a great story about Matt Mercer, McCree's voice actor, playing Overwatch and messing with people's heads by imitating the character over voice chat - he'll throw out an "it's hiiiigh noon" (the signifier for McCree's special attack) and watch everyone scramble for cover. The fact that a major star like McCree was held back for the second series bodes well for Hasbro's hopes for this line, and the fact he's fun to play with does as well.

-- 09/08/19

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