Apr 13

Storm Shadow (2007 Cobra Legions)

Storm Shadow (Cobra Legions)

The beginning of the 25th anniversary series held a lot of promise. Sure, the first multi pack releases had their share of construction and articulation issues, but the availability of small GI Joes on store shelves again was cause for excitement. When the initial offerings performed so well that a second set of Cobras were …

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Apr 12

Iron Grenadier (2007)

Iron Grenadier S6

Even though Sigma 6 ran a bit short on the villain side, the figures that were released impressed. Keeping the Cobras focused on a core group also gave the line a nice appropriate focus, considering it was primarily figure centric. Though there were a few classic personalities I would liked to have seen (Baroness, Major …

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Apr 10

Cobra BAT v5 (2005)

BAT V5

The BAT has a long history in the GI Joe mythos. First appearing in 1986, they were new grist for the mill in Cobra Commander’s attempts to Rule the World. The robotic troopers also made the perfect enemy force for the Sunbow cartoon, as there were probably no mandates from Standards and Practices against shooting …

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Apr 10

Roadblock (2004)

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Funny enough that one of my favorite Roadblock figures was released in the Valor vs Venom era. Looking back at those last few years of the relaunch series, I find myself missing the idea of Toys R Us exclusive figure packs. Even though the sets were repaints, and many had issues, it was still nice …

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Apr 09

Lady Jaye (2007)

Lady Jaye (2007)

The first of three Lady Jaye figures released in the 25th anniversary series, this version follows closely to the original 1985 figure and its card art. Her most…uh…distinguishing feature is her impressive decolletage. If you ever needed a sign that the modern GI Joe lines are aimed at collectors, Lady Jaye is equipped with two …

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Apr 08

Dial-Tone (2011)

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I’m torn. I really like the vintage Dial Tone figure, but I have a hard time liking this one. The old Dial Tone had a very unique look, from his outfit to his weapons and accessories. He was another one of those 80s redesigns that kept life in the line. The concept of a communications …

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Apr 07

Duke (1992)

Duke (1991)

Can you believe it took seven years to get a new Duke mold in the ARAH line? Pretty amazing considering the GI Joe poster boy he would become in later lines. I like this Duke a lot. Though the color scheme isn’t an accurate desert camo, the tan and red work together well. My only …

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Apr 06

Edward “Starduster” Skylar (2007)

Starduster

Some of the art of customizing, or creating a new figure using either paint, sculpting, or mixing of parts, is the effective choice of said parts. To have an idea in mind, and to make the right choice from thousands of possibilities in the various GI Joe line, is a daunting process. It’s made even …

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Apr 05

Lt. Clay Moore (2007)

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Sometimes when I look through my figures for the next batch of subjects, I get all wistful about one or two, particularly if I haven’t looked at them in a while. That’s what happened when I grabbed this guy out of the 2007 con set. This figure impresses me for two reasons, beyond the fact …

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Apr 04

Iron Klaw (2013)

Iron Klaw

I’ve been a fan of GI Joe Extreme since…okay, maybe fan is too strong a word. I’ve had a sick fascination with GI Joe Extreme since its inception. The biggest part of that fascination is the series’ villain, Iron Klaw. Sure, he was broadly drawn, and the gimmick of his alter ego should have been …

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