Checkpoint Alpha (2013 Kre-O)
When I covered a few of the individual Kre-O figures a while back, I mentioned having the most pure fun with GI Joe since the days of Sigma 6. I’ll go one better with the building sets and say that I’ve been transported back to the days of assemble-your-own vehicles and accessories. I know that pre-assembled vehicles have been a part of GI Joe since the 2000s, but I hadn’t realized how much I missed putting them together myself until I got a chance to build a vintage styled kit, even if it is more a Lego–excuse me, Kre-O type of experience.
What we’ve got is a pretty good approximation of the old Check Point battle station. For the lowest price point of the first wave sets, it’s packed with quite a few pieces, including two of the coolest individual figures in the series so far–Firefly and Order. Order? Yeah, how cool is it to already have an animal companion in this line? I wish it could have been Mutt and Junkyard, but they’re coming up soon in a single pack. Even better, an enterprising customizer could easily make Order into a Timber for Snake Eyes with just a simple paint job. Somebody get on that.
If you like the building aspect of the format, and you’ve got a thing for vintage Joe, it’s hard to resist these sets. It also doesn’t help that they had to make Firefly so gosh darn cute. He’s got a cool Cobra bike to ride and he’s even got a little explosive that he can hold or fit in his backpack. Isn’t he just the most precious saboteur action figure you’ve ever seen?