Shadow Tracker (2011)

The Predator homage came full circle with Shadow Tracker. With Jesse Ventura (I mean Recondo) and Sonny Landham (I mean Spirit), already in the line, all we needed was an Arnold figure, which almost came to us in the cancelled Joe-based Jurassic Park line. Wanna complete the Predator Joe team? Go hit up eBay for one, or ask your favorite

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Daina (2005)

Although we’re getting what looks to be a pretty definitive modern set of Oktober Guard, the classic o-ring style also had its own great set in the form of comic pack figures. I’ve covered a few of the others, and I’m happy to say that this Daina is just as impressive as her comrades (wink wink). Even though the Lady

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Gallows (2006)

Gallows was released as a part of the Steel Brigade vs. Plague Troopers pack. Aside from the mini-gun, he bears little resemblance to his comic counterpart, a SAW Viper. The Joe vs. Cobra Snake Eyes body somehow works well as a new character in this case, due in part to the mold’s lack of overt ninja styling. The new head

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Cobra B.A.T. V5 (2005)

So I guess at some point Dr. Mindbender gave up on a fully humanoid appearance for his battle androids and opted to crib from Terminator. I can’t believe a man as smart as Mindbender would need to blatantly copy like that. I suppose there’s no accounting for style plagiarism, as he also dressed like a 19th century Eastern European Chippendales

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Recoil (1989)

I have a different perspective when looking back on 1988-1990 figures. Those were the years during which I wasn’t collecting, so the years on either side hold different kinds of memories for me and also seem to affect my opinions. The ’82-87 period is most definitely colored by nostalgia, particularly the first four years. 1991 began my adult collecting, and

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Hawk (2011)

I enjoy a good¬†updating and re-imagining of a classic character. The Pursuit of Cobra and 30th anniversary lines both managed a few figure updates that really impressed me. Hawk is a great new battle-ready version of the team’s long time field commander. When Hawk returned to the line as a general in 1986, he traded in his typical Joe team

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