Mar 02

Cobra Trooper (2013 Kre-O)

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The Kre-O figures are some of the most fun I’ve had with GI Joe in a long while. They blend nostalgia with a sense of building set fun to create a highly addictive and enjoyably innocent set of toys. The Cobra Trooper figure distills what makes this series so enjoyable. The hallmarks of the classic …

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Mar 01

Stalker (1992)

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Gather round, friends, and I shall regale thee with a legendary tale of action figure hunting from the halcyon days of the 1990’s. In those days there existed the Half Price Store, in whose hallowed halls the adventuring collectors of the day would find bounteous amounts of the previous years’ action figure releases. Their names …

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Feb 28

Frostbite (1985)

It’s been snowing a lot in my corner of the world over the last two weeks, and I saw it as an opportunity to break out some of the cold weather themed figures that I hadn’t covered yet. I had been finding it difficult to set up photos for them, since some sort of snowy …

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Feb 27

Grand Slam (2006)

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The original Grand Slam was one of my favorite figures early on in my childhood GI Joe collecting days. It actually remained so and saw regular use even through the release of many more colorful and specific characters. Something about it resonated with me. I guess design wise it was the red pads, the deep …

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Feb 26

Flint (2013)

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What a difference a little paint and parts swapping can make. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Duke figure upon which this Flint is based. I suppose some of it was due to the color, and some the character. The prospect of more Channing Tatum Dukes on the pegs doesn’t fill me with excitement. Flint …

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Feb 25

Firefly (2013)

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When movie action figure lines are released, they usually contain multiple versions of the main characters, usually each with a different action feature. I find it a bit strange that the first movie Firefly released is this one, but I can see the reasoning to get the more kid-friendly figure out first. Features are what …

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Feb 24

Beach Head (Funskool)

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I don’t know why, but every time I take photos of the original Beach Head mold, I’m inspired to write a haiku. For your consideration: Green Funskool Beach Head. Can a ranger be a lime? Existential dilemma.

Feb 23

Sneak Attack Storm Shadow (2013)

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The action figure gods giveth. Case in point: a couple of days ago, I raved about the Snake Eyes figure from this same wave, and how it’s a well detailed and articulated figure with a fun action feature. The action figure gods also taketh away. Case in point: this Storm Shadow. I swear I’ve seen …

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Feb 22

Battle-Kata Roadblock (2013)

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Roadblock in GI Joe Retaliaton is apparently a man who’s well prepared. His latest action figure sure is. He comes equipped with what’s called Battle-Kata, a sort of Swiss Army by way of Lego weapons system. It sounded like a goofy concept when I first heard about and saw it (especially the wave one version …

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Feb 21

Ninja Duel Snake Eyes (2013)

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There are times in movie action figure lines when the makers go for playabaility, and times when film accuracy and articulation are a focus. Usually, the former applies first, and if a line is lucky enough to stick around for a few assortments, the latter will be released as well. Fortunately for the Retaliation toy …

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