G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
It’s hard for me to say what I thought the best movie from 2021 was, but it’s not even remotely difficult for me to say what the worst movie was, because, I’ll tell you straight up, it was Snake Eyes. I discussed the film’s terribleness already back over the summer, when the wound was still fresh, but I’ve decided to re-open it here, I guess. It’s okay, because I actually get to talk about one of the only things I actually liked in the movie, Samara Weaving’s portrayal of G.I. Joe’s first lady, Scarlett. I’ve actually been waiting for her Classified Series release, and its finally hitting, well after the iron is cold, but hey, at least she’s the one figure I still felt compelled to buy after actually seeing the movie.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Scarlett is figure 20 in the G.I. Joe: Classified Series line-up. She’s numerically the final of the Snake Eyes movie figures, and also is way lower than the rest of the Joes released around her, due to the whole delaying the movie’s release. Technically, she was in the second movie assortment, alongside Akiko, but it appears that there was some sort of production snafu or something, because the actual assortment cases don’t seem to have appeared, and Akiko wound up showing up much earlier. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and she has 34 points of articulation. Scarlett’s articulation scheme pretty much just matches up with what we saw on Baroness, with the updated pinless construction on the knees, while still having the single joints on the elbows. The elbows at least have a slightly better range than the standard Scarlett, so that’s a definite plus. Scarlett’s sculpt is an all-new offering, based on her fully-geared up appearance from the film’s climactic battle. It’s not a bad modernization of Scarlett’s classic look, and it also gets more than 15 seconds of screen time, which gives it a definite leg-up on Snake Eyes, right? The likeness of Weaving isn’t bad; maybe not spot-on, but it’s fairly clear who it’s meant to be. The uniform work has some decent detailing, with a nice bit of depth and sharpness. Scarlett’s paint work is overall alright. There’s some pretty solid work on the detailing of the torso armor, and the face print works pretty well to keep her lifelike. She’s missing a handful of the color applications on her armor as seen in the movie, which makes her design a little drabber than it is in the film, but for the most part, it looks pretty decent. Scarlett is packed with her crossbow, which is a nice piece, but also a rather small one. That’s all she gets, and, if I’m honest, that feels pretty woefully light compared to the rest of the set. At least another gun or something would be nice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Before even seeing the movie, this was really the only figure in the set that I knew I wanted. After seeing the movie, she was still the only one I truly wanted, though I had already picked up the first assortment by that point. The long wait on this one’s release was a bit of a bummer, but I finally got her. The paint’s missing some details, and I’d really like to see more accessories included, but I generally really like this figure. It’s a good design, and it’s a reminder of really the only good thing about the movie, so I’m all about that.
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