Chances are, if you’ve perused the internet looking for toy reviews, you’ve come across OAFE, or Online Action Figure Entertainment. They’ve been reviewing action figures online for over a decade, and in fact, I’ve drawn some comparisons between my personal style and theirs (something I consider a high compliment).
The guys over at OAFE don’t just toss a ton of images on a page and consider it a review, they compliment those images with intelligent, thought-provoking text. I certainly don’t agree with all of their opinions, but I cannot dispute their passion, knowledge, and expertise.
And, of course, who can argue their expertise when they label G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of Cobra as the best toyline of the year for 2010? I’ve often thought ever since the 90s, G.I. Joe has received the short end of the stick from the collector crowd. Often seen as “kids stuff” or catering to the lowest common denominator, the Pursuit of Cobra really changed things. No longer trying to sell down the G.I. Joe concept, Hasbro is instead ramping up detail, sculpt, accessories, and theme, and have really brought it all to the table. The Pursuit of Cobra is a once in a lifetime toyline, in my opinion, and has successfully met pretty much any desire I’ve ever had when it comes to a modern science fiction military line. It’s taken the best from Metal Gear and Call of Duty, thrown in some classic 80’s homages and has delivered in nearly every assortment.
Wave 4 is currently on the way to my home, and I literally cannot wait to tear into those packages, as every single figure in that assortment looks like it could blow me away.
I’m thrilled to see other collectors feeling the same way.
Kudos to the G.I. Joe design team for hitting a grand slam with this line, and kudos to OAFE (and other adult collectors) for finally realizing what we’ve known for a while. G.I. Joe rocks!