Ripcord (2011 Renegades)
I’d like to call this post part of my “cleaning house” entries. Here’s a little peek inside how I manage this crazy endeavor that inexplicably continues despite my flagging sanity.
Every few days, I venture into my collection, which is divided into sections consisting of 1) Vintage figures painstaking stored in those cute little tackle box thingies with the movable dividers, and 2) everything else strewn among various bins, baggies and boxes. I pick out a few figures that I find interesting, and snap a few pics. Most of these become the subject of blog posts. Others languish.
Can you guess where Ripcord here has been since about ten minutes after I opened him months ago? Yeah, he’s in a little baggie somewhere. He’s not what I would consider one of my favorite figures of recent memory. In fact, when I shot this particular photo back in January of this year, I thought “Hey, I’ll cover this guy because he’s new. That’ll be fun!” So time passed, and many many many other figures caught my fancy and were photgraphed and written about in the pithy patter you’ve come to expect. Meanwhile, Ripcord’s pic has been sitting in my blog pictures folder, mocking me, stupid yellow glasses and all. But no longer. I’m cleaning house, Mr. Weems (if that is your real name), and you’re not going to taunt me any more!
What can I say about this figure? I suppose it’s well put together, a finely sculpted and detailed example of modern action figure design and execution. It should be a rousing success, right? My problem is, it’s danged boring, and more than a little goofy. Not goofy in the way I like, either. Maybe it’s because the Renegades design here just doesn’t translate well into a more realistic style. Poor Ripcord looks like he can probably barely move, what with all the layers of plastic accouterments hanging from his person. Don’t hate on me if it’s actually realistic paratrooper gear, by the way. It still looks unwieldy. The head also looks strange for some reason, I think partly because the eyes on mine are painted in a way that makes him just a little bit cross-eyed. Overall, the fun factor with Ripcord is a big zero in my book.
So there, I’ve gotten it out of my system. Renegades Ripcord is done. The healing can begin. Oh, there is one positive for me: with the helmet on, his head doesn’t look that bad.