Sgt. Stone (2009)
During the Joe A Day podcast special, one of the readers brought up last year’s Nice Pants theme week. While I’m not quite ready to dig up that old chestnut, I was drawn hypnotically to another movie figure’s dungarees while sifting through my storage bins.
Sgt. Stone made a controversial appearance (to me, at least) in the Rise of Cobra. First of all, he was portrayed by director Stephen Sommers’ favorite cinematic lunkhead, Brendan Fraser. Now that would have been enough to make my eyes roll. But they just had to have him roll up on one of those oh-so-cute bass-ackwards trike motorcycle things. The worst bit is the fact that it’s the same scene in which Duke manages to best Snake Eyes in hand to hand combat. Come on, really? I betcha Snakes was just distracted by such a ham-fisted cameo.
The figure bears no resemblance to the actor, and I think looks more like a movie version of Lt. Falcon, especially when looking at the card art. But I didn’t start writing this entry to talk about sculpts or likenesses. I started it to talk about pants. Lovely, wonderfully, artfully splotchy camo pants. Or, as the French would say, pantalons magnifique. I have to say, next to the movie version of Kamakura, these are the best britches sported by any movie Joe. To Sgt. Stone, I say: bad cameo, nice pants.