I found Quick Kick and Spirit yesterday at TRU in Binghamton, NY. They had Quick Kick on the pegs so I asked about Spirit. They had one case in back and, for probably the first time in 15+ years of toy collecting at TRU, actually brought something out of the back that I wanted! Bought both of them even though I originally thought I might pass on Quick Kick.
QK, however, is a really nice figure. He has decent articulation, the nods to both Bruce Lee (scars on chest) and vintage AT (Kung Foo Grip logo on his gi) are fun and his accessories are about what they should be. I only have two small issues with him, one is the way his wrists are sculpted, especially the left, which has his hand permanently tilted downwards. It's kind of awkward for anything other than certain action poses and it makes it so his left glove doesn't fit that well. The other issue wasn't one with sculpt but just with my fig, probably, and that's that the sword doesn't fit into the scabbard well. It works, but I was a little afraid of breaking something when I put it together last night. Still, that's probably just something with this one fig and in the end I worked it out anyway. Overall, B+ on this figure.
Spirit was the one I was most waiting for and I'm really not disappointed at all with him. There are a couple things that could have been done better, but none of them really take away from the figure itself. He has really excellent range of motion in his legs and his arms and even his head has room to allow him to look up and down even with the vest on. His bow, arrow quiver and machete are well done, so is the hatchet, but the gun is ridiculous. It's larger than the Barrett .50 that came with Recondo for ****'s sake. The snakes are okay, but I didn't really need them. What I'd have preferred to the snakes would be a sheath for the machete, especially if it mounted to his vest similar to the way Billy's did in Predator. Because, let's face it, this Spirit is basically a Joe interpretation of Billy anyway. The other small nit is the way the pouches on the back of the vest are sculpted, they look fine but they interfere with the quiver fitting better. The packaging for Spirit warps the loose arrow in the quiver but that's fixable with a little heat application. One nice detail on the bow is that the wheels on the end are sculpted in such a way that if you wanted to, I think you could get a string on them and have it stay on to better complete the effect of the weapon, nice touch. Definite A for me.
Way more happy with these two figures than I was with the Jungle Viper and Recondo. Quick Kick has a small, silenced automatic that also came out of the bubble warped, like Spirit's arrow, so I'll have to heat that and correct also. Spirit will need a weapon replacement for that ridiculous rifle but he has so many other top notch weapons that that doesn't even warrant a deduction in satisfaction for me. I think the only two improvements that I could ask for in these figs would be that machete sheath on Spirit and a more neutral left wrist on Quick Kick.