To continue down my long, tortuous, and somewhat complicated variant route, I have come up with the following:
A number of threads seem to point to two verisons of Release 2 being in existence, the first being the first set of figures, the second coming in the final days of Action Force, and perhaps making up Wave 2 of Release 2.
There is a lot of disparate knowledge, but dragging all the threads together and making comparisons, there seems to be noticable differences between the two. As a working hypothesis, then, the two versions may be defined using the following broad traits:
Shiny softer plastic
More fluffy features
More sharply defined features (i.e better moulding)
Better paintwork with more attention to detail
The type of plastic, the thickness of soles, and hands seem tp be the better features, but any combination of them seems to work.
Doubtless there will be other differences between the figures, but I wanted to check with everyone to see if this is broadly true, and a workable method for deciding between the two.
Let me know if there is any major problems â€“ a bendy red shadow with menacing eyes but with thick soles and round hands for example.
Let the checking commence.
BTW, anyone which came first? My suspicion is Type 2 (perhaps this should be changed to Type 1 then)
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