G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
G.I. Joe: Classified Series has certainly had a kind of a rough start. The line’s certainly far from a failure, and was honestly one of Hasbro’s hottest lines last year. The trouble is that it’s so darn hard to actually collect it, since more than half of the releases last year were actually hard to find exclusives (and even the non-exclusive hasn’t been overly plentiful, either). Fortunately, 2021 looks to at least be trying to keep a little more of it in the main line, so hopefully that might help with some of the distribution issues. I managed to get my hands on some of the most recent figures, so I’m going to be jumping into things with a look at one of my favorite Joes, Lady Jaye!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lady Jaye is figure 25 in the G.I. Joe: Classified Series line. She’s a main line release, not exclusive to any specific retailers, and is, along with Flint, one of two new figures in the latest assortment of the line. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and she has 36 points of articulation. Jaye’s articulation scheme marks a notable change from and improvement upon the articulation set-up for prior female figures in the line. Where both Scarlet and Baroness had more restricted movement than their male counterparts, Lady Jaye actually pretty much just matches the male articulation, right down to keeping the double joints on the elbows, which have previously proved problematic implementing on female figures, due to the smaller arms. Fortunately, they’ve taken advantage of their new pinless construction joints in order to help the arms look not only more seamless, but also be more stable in terms of construction. It really works well, and makes her even more fun to play around with. Lady Jaye’s design is actually a fairly faithful recreation of her classic V1 look from ’85. Admittedly, her original, rather utilitarian design is one of those ones that lends itself best to modernization, so it still looks fine in the updated setting of the new Joes. All of the elements of the original design remain present, with some extra details added in to help to fill out the larger canvas just a bit more. So, she’s bee granted a few extra panels of detailing on her fatigues, as well as a few more armored elements on her legs, to match the rest of the line a little more. As a send-up to the V1 figure, Jaye has her hat, of course, but that’s the one element she notably lacked in the cartoon. In order to give collectors both options, Jaye has a removable hat, but not quite the way you’d expect; it’s actually a whole wig that comes off of the figure’s head, which makes it look a lot better proportioned to the head. I was a touch concerned about it falling off easily, but it actually stays in place securely, and adds a lot of extra display versatility to the figure. The rest of the sculpt is a pretty impressive summation of the character as seen in various media over the years, and that facial expression in particular feels pretty spot on. Jaye’s paint work is, as expected for the character, pretty reserved, but a good match for her usual look. She’s got the printed face work again, which looks quite nice, and they’ve placed a couple of insignias, in order to help spice things up a bit, I guess. It’s all quite nice work. Lady Jaye’s accessory selection is pretty decent. In addition to the previously mentioned alternate hair pieces, she’s got her usual javelin set-up, which in this case is a multiple piece construction, which can be disassembled and reconfigured. It’s made up of two actual javelins, with three different heads to swap around between them, as well as the actual hand held mechanism of it all, which can hold one javelin, while the other, as well as the two tips not in use, can be stowed on her back pack. Said back pack also has an articulated arm featuring a camera at the top, calling back to the original figure’s separate spy camera piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Given her prominence in the old cartoons, Lady Jaye has long been one of my favorites when it comes to Joes, so I was definitely happy to hear her name get leaked early on for this line-up, and I was even happier when she was shown off, because she sure did look pretty cool. I was very fortunate to be able to snag her from one of All Time’s early cases of the wave, and I have to say, in hand, she may very well be the line’s most impressive figure. What she does, she does very well. Hasbro’s really set a new standard with this one.