The pain in your backside that these guys can be in the video game doesn't translate to the board well.
I would have loved to field loads of these guys and overwhelm an opponent with sheer numbers. But, because of the stats, I don't ever expect to see this guy played by anyone but me.
Strategies and game play:
Strategy: Don't play this miniature unless you are attached to the characters like I am. If you do, be prepared to get spanked.
Combos with other miniatures:
Upgrading this guy is the only way to use it competitively.
Ways to counteract it:
You don't need to come up with ways to conteract it. I will, more than likely, not even hurt you.
Grunts are cool and say fun things.
The Needler's insanely cool video game ability is not reflected in the abilities on the figure.
Artwork and aesthetics:
The artwork is Sweet. Grunts are cool.
I still don't like number rating. I like Grunts. I'm still gonna play them and get my butt kicked.