Crimson Guard (2013)
Wow, it’s a tactical, battle ready version of Cobra’s elite troops. The Crimson Guard Immortal had a less decorative look than its predecessor, but having the basic Guardsman trooper in an assualt uniform is a nice addition to Cobra Commander’s scarlet hued operatives.
As a figure, Hasbro again comes through with an interesting modern take on a classic in the Pursuit of Cobra vein. The simple addition of a vest and some different arm and leg molds take the classic CG in a new direction. Some of the more decorative elements of the old figure are still apparent, like the shoulder braid and the sword. The vest helps to hide the thin torso underneath, and even offsets some of the thinness of the leg mold in comparison to the arms. Overall, the mish-mashing isn’t too bad this time around.
I didn’t think I’d care for it at first, but the figure has grown on me. Too bad the super duper Retaliation wave to which he belongs has shown up only sporadically around here so far. Seems like a reminder of the last days of the previous two GI Joe lines, doesn’t it?