Gung Ho (2009)
My feelings about GI Joe Resolute cartoon can be best summed up by quoting the late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg’s observation about eating pancakes, “..all exciting at first, but by the end you’re sick of them.” When we first caught a glimpse of the cartoon’s footage, it looked promising. For me, Resolute as a whole ended up being less than the sum of its parts: good animation, adult storyline and modern iterations of classic characters. But it all added up to a pretty hollow experience in the end.
Released as part of the Wal Mart exclusive movie two-packs, Gung Ho is a passable representation of his animated Resolute counterpart, considering the parts that were available. The Flint arms aren’t the greatest, with their inability to bend past 90 degrees, and the 25th anniversary style Gung Ho head always reminded a little too much of Sgt. Slaughter. The use of the Resolute Cobra Trooper’s vest is a nice touch, and also makes for potential custom fodder. It can be combined with the Resolute Firefly body to easily make the base for an urban combat Resolute Cobra trooper.
As much as I was underwhelmed by the cartoon, the Resolute character designs were very well done. While it was nice to get another Resolute figure in the midst of the movie line, what we ended up with was a diminutive version of the team’s hulking Marine. Oh, and Gung Ho, was that a Spy Troops era rifle you were sporting in 2009? For shame!