BARONESS & COBRA C.O.I.L.
G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
Since its move to the 3 3/4 inch scale and subsequent re-branding under the “Real American Hero” branch of the franchise, vehicles have been a somewhat central piece of G.I. Joe. When it became official that the line would be jumping to 6 inch scale, one of the early questions to pop-up amongst the fan base was: “What about the vehicles?” Vehicles have been a hard-sell for the line pretty much since the end of the vintage years. Obviously, at almost twice the size, they’re an even harder sell, but Hasbro’s dipping their toes in the water, much like they did with Star Wars, with a smaller-scale vehicle to try things out. And, it’s also packed with one of the franchise’s central characters, so let’s see how all of that works out, I guess.
THE TOYS THEMSELVES
Baroness and the Cobra C.O.I.L. are another piece from the Target-exclusive “Special Mission: Cobra Island” sub-line of Classified Series. They’re numbered 13 in the overall line-up, showing that the vehicles will also apparently be getting in on that main numbering scheme as well. Also, for those of you tracking at home, you’ll see I went from 11 to 13. That’s because 12 is the Cobra Trooper, and I haven’t yet become a miracle worker.
Baroness was an early addition to the toyline (and an even earlier addition to the franchise, due to being present in the comics well before her toy appeared), and has long been at the core of the franchise, so it’s no surprise that she’s getting added to this relaunch pretty early on. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and she has 35 points of articulation. She’s got the same articulation scheme as Scarlett, meaning she’s a touch more limited in terms of posability than some of the others in the line, but as I noted on Scarlett, she’s still very serviceable on that front. In fact, she’s actually got one improvement over Scarlett in terms of construction; her shoulder pads are their own piece, allowing them to rotate out of the way, giving the shoulder’s slightly cleaner movement. I do still wish there was a deeper range on the elbows, but I’m overall pretty happy with the mobility on this one. In terms of design, Baroness joins her boy-toy Destro in staying pretty faithful to the vintage figure. Obviously, there are a lot more parts and depth to this particular iteration, but the major parts of the costume all line up pretty much piece for piece with the layout of the V1 figure’s gear. I definitely dig this. Her head sculpt definitely falls slightly more into the modern era depictions of the character, and I definitely see a lot of similarities to Sienna Miller’s take on the character from Rise of Cobra going on. That being said, there really are worse parts of that movie to be borrowing than Baroness’s design. The glasses are a separate piece that’s been glued in place, and they’re quite well scaled to the figure. Sometimes, I’m sketchy on that sort of set-up, but it actually works here. Baroness’s color scheme is classically just a lot of black. This figure takes that as a starting point, but does a fair bit more with it, adding dark grey sections to her underlying body suit. She’s also got a printed face, which looks pretty solid, apart from one errant mark on my figure. I also quite dig the gold tips on her glasses. That’s a fun touch! Baroness is quite well accessorized, with a second head sporting a helmet, two golden pistols, a strange snake gun thing, two rifles, and a knife.
Our first vehicle for the new line is honestly not a huge surprise. Motorcycles have been a piece of the Joes since pretty much the very beginning, and it’s a good, fairly low-cost way to introduce a vehicle to the line. The only thing that I’m left to ponder is just what C.O.I.L. stands for, because the box doesn’t share that info with us. Alas, we’ll have to figure that out for ourselves. The cycle measures 4 1/2 inches tall by 8 1/2 inches long, and has working wheels. When I first saw the cycle, I was honestly expecting it to have a fair bit in common with Black Widow’s bike from Marvel Legends, but the two are wholly unique from each other. This one’s got a rather unique design to it, which looks pretty decent, and fits well with the whole overall Cobra aesthetic. It’s definitely in line with the line’s high-end sci-fi elements as well. Baroness sits well on it, and you can even mount the two rifles each on the sides of the bike, for some proper armaments.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Given the nightmare that other people have been having trying to locate this one, I was anticipating not getting the chance to grab it at all. However, like with the Roadblock from yesterday, I got a call from Max, who found one while on a grocery run. Dope! Baroness is a really nice figure, and a fantastic companion to the Destro figure from Series 1. I feel confident she’ll be out again in some shape or form, and probably rather soon. The bike I can kind of take or leave, because I don’t really associate Baroness with it, and I don’t really have anyone else who quite fits it yet. Still, it’s not a bad piece either.