BARONESS — ORIGINS
G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
Oh, you didn’t think I was done with Snake Eyes, did you? I mean, if you did, that’s okay. I can understand the desire. I wanted to be done with Snake Eyes. I wanted to be done with Snake Eyes so bad that when the credits started to roll, I legitimately Googled to see if there was a stinger, and upon discovering there wasn’t one past the one that was like 5 seconds in, I promptly got up and left, which is something I never do with movies. That’s how much I wanted to remove myself. But I’m still writing the reviews of the figures, so I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. In my review of the titular character, I did mention a short list of things I did not hate about the movie. Well, I’m happy to report that today’s focus, Baroness, was one of those things. Ursula Corbero’s take on the character had the right amount of both camp and menace, and she had really good chemistry with Samara Weaving’s Scarlett. It’s a shame that the movie didn’t make more use of her. At least she got the toy, though.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Baroness is figure 19 in the Classified Series line-up, which shows a jump from the other two. She’s the only other figure in the first assortment for the movie, though. It’s weird to get the number jump *within* an assortment. I’d guess that Akiko is probably the missing 18, but they decided to move Baroness, because, I don’t know, maybe they saw the movie and realized people might be upset if neither of the two good characters were actually in the launch assortment? I mean, that’s just my best guess. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and she has 33 points of articulation. Her articulation set-up exists in an odd sort of middle ground, as she’s only got the single joints on the elbows, but her knees are using the pinless construction. Like the Shang-Chi figures from Legends, it feels like she got tweaked once they knew there’d be a delay. I’m not really complaining, because her articulation does work pretty well. Her sculpt is an all-new one, and unlike the other two in this assortment, it’s based on something she actually wears in the movie, for the majority of her screen time, no less. It’s a slight tweak on the usual Baroness get-up, but the important parts are certainly there, and the general feel of the character is captured pretty well. The sculpt captures the design nicely, as well as sporting a decent likeness of Corbero. I quite like the texture work that is present in the uniform, an after the standard Baroness’s glasses were permanently attached, the removable ones on this figure are pretty cool. Baroness’s paint work is pretty basic for the most part. The face is the most complex part, and the printing gives it a nice lifelike quality. Everything else is pretty cleanly handled. Baroness is packed with an MP5k (a rare actual gun for the line), complete with removable suppressor and magazine, as well as two rather large knives. Not a bad assortment at all.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Before even seeing the movie, Baroness was my favorite figure from this assortment. She just really seems to click for me in a way that the other two really don’t. The design works, the implementation works, and even the accessories are pretty solid. The fact that I actually liked her in the movie just helps the figure overall. I guess good things can come out of bad things, too, right?