GI Joe Skystriker (2015)
So we’re up to what, four versions of the retooled Skystriker since its release a few years ago? I’m certainly not complaining, as I love the vehicle, even though it’s outdated in terms of modern US air power. The toy just conjures so many memories from 1983, playing with my original in the field next to my parent’s house. Two in particular stand out, flying the jet around with two Joes in the cockpit, and then pulling their ejection seats out, tossing them into the air and watching them drift back down to Earth on their (nicely branded) parachutes. I know I can’t do either of those things with the newest version, but I’ll be darned if it doesn’t still look wicked just sitting on a shelf.
My initial thoughts upon seeing the photos of this set were along the lines of interest, tempered with the knowledge that I was most likely going to be more excited by its SDCC exclusive brother. A GI Joe HISS and a Cobra Skystriker seemed more in keeping with my tastes toward the unusual. After picking up both sets, I find that my feelings held true about three of the four vehicles. The Skystriker was a very pleasant surprise.
For me, the stickers are what take this vehicle to another level, and elevate to be a new favorite among my modern collection. The patterns and color, especially the silver sticker options, add a new dimension of detail and contrast to the mold. It stands beautifully, and the overall fit and finish in my opinion ecplise the 30th Skystriker. The only improvement I have is a simple one, if you also own the Cobra Scythe. Simply switch the cockpit canopies. Each one matches its opposite nicely.
And that’s it for our run of 2015 GI Joe product (pending a future procurement of a Gung Ho pack). Looking back at this year’s product, it’s weird to think that these might be the last in-store Hasbro releases we see for a while. Hopefully there’s hope for GI Joe beyond a new movie line, but who knows?
It’s been a long run with this series of new releases, and I’m ready to get back to the usual JAD mix of this-and-that. I promise to feature something older (and odd) on Saturday.