Lt. Falcon (2008)
The 25th anniversary series ushered in a new era of GI Joe construction that gave rise to the current trend of insanely poseable and detailed figures. In looking back at when it began, there were a fair share of groaners along with the quality releases.
The comic pack Falcon is a stinkburger. Just look at him. Granted, he inherits a lot of his awfulness from the Duke mold on which he’s mostly based. But that’s not really an excuse. The figure does get a new head, lower legs, web gear, scarf and pack. The head and legs don’t do it any favors. I’m actually kind of amazed that the new body parts are equally as bad as the resued parts. Making an all-new bad figure is one thing, but to stitch both new and old horrors together is quite an achievement. The result is a seamless blend of plastic repulsion. The paint scheme and camo pattern are half-hearted. Ugh, this figure nearly eclipses the 2002 Baroness in sheer fugliness.
If there’s one bright spot to this figure, it’s the accessories. Specifically, the web gear and backpack. The 25th anniversary series’ incorporation of a kind of modular system of detail, in the form of removable harnesses, belts and the like, has been my favorite improvement of the modern era. The designers seem to be able to create many more characters using just a few changes in accessories, along with swaps of basic body molds.
I would say save your bucks and hold off on picking up the comic pack, but it also contains a great new (and actually menacing) version of Cobra La’s Nemesis Enforcer. So buy the pack for the Enforcer, remove Falcon’s gear, and chuck the figure as far down into your spare parts bin as possible. If you’d just like to pick up a much better modern Falcon, and you don’t mind an odd color scheme, you’d be better off tracking down the Falcon included in the BigBadToyStore exclusive Marauders set.