Not only do I miss the days of o-ring figures, but I miss the days of o-ring multi-pack exclusives. I guess I should say o-ring Toys R Us multi-pack exclusives. Maybe I should put it even more succinctly. I miss 2002-2006. It was a time when GI Joe seemed to still be viable, or at least a time when Hasbro still seemed to give more than a bit of cursory attention to its evergreen boys toys property. I’m sure Hasbro still remembers the brand, you know, the one that put it on the map as a big player in the toy aisle, and defined boys play patterns in a way that’s still being felt. Whoa, sorry about the tangent there. I cant imagine what would male me say such things. Now where was I?
The Anti-Venom Task Force set was an interesting concept, and was exciting to me as it crossed over into the main line’s Valor vs. Venom theme. This group of Joe’s were fighting against Cobra’s latest world-conquering scheme of venomizing innocent people. The task force is set with the mission of finding those infected individuals and spraying them with a serum to bring them back to normal. Change up a few details and this same idea could work with the current zombie craze.
Barricade is a repaint of his original mold, but equipped with a new helmet. The Steel Brigade must have had some excess headgear lying about, because the Anti-Venom team wear their helmets. Each member also has his code name handily stenciled on its front. That makes it easy to match them up when you’re a loose collector. Why can’t we do this with rifles too?
The only downside to Barricade’s accessories is the lack of his signature battering ram. If you don’t give the specialist door-kicker his actual door kicker, what good is he? Fortunately, I have a spare, so it’s no big deal. Although it would have been nice to get the accessory remolded in black or gold to match his new unit.