Jan 09

Agent Helix (2009)

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Why is it so difficult to portray an attractive female face at the 3 & 3/4 inch scale, even in the modern age? Granted, Helix isn’t as unattractive as the original Scarlett, but her face looks a bit odd to me. Maybe I’m just seeing the eye paint at a weird angle and it looks …

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Jan 08

Duke (2009)

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This Duke was a turning point for me in my opinion of the modern construction’s ability to be playable. Not only did the figure live up to the super poseable description given since 2007, it also improved on the already likeable notion of removable gear. Nothing got in the way of anything else, and the …

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Jan 07

Secto-Viper (1988)

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The BUGG is one of the absolute funkiest vehicles in the Cobra arsenal. An impressive underwater and shoreline attack craft, as well as a truly amphibious personnel carrier, it featured a removable mini-sub as well as deployable jet skis. With its bulbous front end, the thing also looked like a bug. Secto Viper naturally follows …

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Jan 06

Lifeline (2002)

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By 2001, I was firmly entrenched in the online GI Joe and toy geek collecting world. Instead of getting info on new releases from Stone Age places like magazines, I was going to the fan sites, message boards and Usenet (can it be considered Bronze Age?) for the latest scoop. I had been buying the …

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Jan 05

Mutt (1989)

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Mutt was one of my favorite figures back in ’84. Imagine my surprise seeing him as part of Slaughter’s Marauders. I confess to not understanding what these strange repaints were about when noticing them in 1989. Those old molds just looked strange hanging on the pegs. What was I doing in a toy store in …

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Jan 04

Shipwreck (2009)

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A few days back I covered a movie based figure that I found lacking compared to older versions, and today it’s a movie based figure that’s one of my favorite recent interpretations of a classic character. I shouldn’t say exactly that this Shipwreck is a movie figure. He appeared in the movie toy line, but …

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Jan 03

Wild Bill (1983)

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Wild Bill is one of those figures that not only looks different in his cartoon incarnation, but in his original comic appearance as well.  Maybe that’s because he’s usually pictured sitting in the pilot seat of a helicopter rather than running about with his teammates. As a kid, my Wild Bill figure pretty much stayed …

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Jan 02

Scarlett (2009)

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A few posts ago, I mentioned Cover Girl’s less than glamorous looks, and the attractiveness of the figure in relation to toy design of the time. Scarlett here was produced just a few years ago, and yet there’s still something off about this head sculpt. While the foyer doesn’t come across as ugly, and does …

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Jan 01

Harpoon (1995)

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It’s a new year, and what better way to start it off than with a new direction. I’ve been working on this blog for a year and a half, and though things are going wonderfully in terms of traffic and engagement by the readers, improvements can always be made. With the aging of the Real …

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Dec 31

Cover Girl (1983)

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Cover Girl’s figure doesn’t quite live up to her code name or to the reputation put forth in her file card as a stunning beauty. However, consider this is a figure produced in 1983, when female action figures weren’t all that prevalent, and the production techniques of the time didn’t lend themselves to the kind …

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