G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
So, how ’bout that new G.I. Joe line? Aren’t you all really glad that everything from it’s so easy to get at regular pricing and not getting scalped at the first chance pretty much everywhere? Oh, right, that’s…that’s just how it is in my dreams. The real world is far more sad and painful. What a shame. Well, despite the relative insanity that is this line and its distribution, here’s another new review, of one of those insanely hard to get items, nonetheless. Please don’t hurt me.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Cobra Trooper is figure 12 in the Classified Series line-up, making him numerically the last of the “Special Missions: Cobra Island” singles. As with that whole sub-line, he’s a Target exclusive, but as Pulse Con confirmed, there’s a slightly tweaked version of this guy coming out in the main line in a few months. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. Like a lot of the figures coming out of this line, the Cobra Trooper’s design has its roots in the v1 figure design. That said, this one works in a lot more modernized elements, and even grabs from a few later incarnations (the v3 from ’06 comes to mind, given the full balaclava under the helmet). The final assembled product feels very v1-esque, but there’s a lot of layers going on there. As with pretty much everything from the line so far, it’s a truly impressive sculpt, with a ton of detail work and careful thought being put into how it all assembles. I really dig how much work goes into stuff like the mask, most of which is never going to be seen when it’s under the helmet. This is definitely one of the line’s most impressive sculpts (though I think Beach Head still edges him out in my book). The paint work is about what you’d expect from Cobra forces. There’s a lot of blue and black, with just a hint of red. This version in particular has more black than usual, which doesn’t look bad, but is certainly different. This particular version of the Cobra Trooper has quite the accessory selection, with the removable helmet, a set of goggles, a removable arm band to give him a higher rank, standard and sniper rifles, two pistols, and a knife. Everything can actually be stored on the figure at once, which is quite impressive, especially since it doesn’t require him to be holding one of the rifles like most Joes fall back on. I dig the customization angle that all of these parts give the figure for sure, though I myself am drawn to a rather “standard” trooper set up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been able to pull some favors to get the rest of the Target-exclusive stuff for this line, but this Trooper in particular has been pretty much a ghost around here since before these figures dropped. This one’s actually not mine, and is instead Max’s. He was able to procure one through some of his connections, and even offered to let me have it outright, but I was content just to get to do the review. He’s a fun figure, but one that I see a lot of people hyping up way too much and ultimately being let-down by. I’m planning to wait for the standard release myself, but it was nice to get a little preview of how that version should turn out.