GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Dragonhawk

I’ve been sitting on this vehicle for a while, really trying to figure out what I thought about it and where I’d take the review…should I overlook the size issues and just focus on the design and aesthetics?  That was my initial plan, but I finally decided that the size issues are just too…well… “big” to overlook.

So what’s the end result?  Check out the Rise of Cobra Review Page or simply hit up the link below to see what I think.

  • 788 vs. Your Name Here

    i really like the dragonhawk. yes it has sizing/scale issues…however…

    rarely do i place drivers in their vehicles…so the scale to figure issue isnt there for me.
    also, im not a nut about scaling to other toys. if i were, id never be able to own more than one Transformer. its a nice toy for display but may be a bit hard to include in playtime….but i dont play with the stuff….so…

    my only real beef with the dragonhawk is completly my own fault. i bought mine at full price when it first hit…never suspecting id find it at marshalls eventually for $13…hell, for a while it was hard to find at regular price…….oh well.

    just for the record, i have the black engine panel version. that means nothing to anyone here really, but it does look slightly slicker.

  • Hawkwinter

    Wow! This is one of the very, VERY few toys that came out of RoC that were actually worth buying. I love this thing.

  • Is the scale on the back of the box accurate or is it a bit of trick photography to make it look larger? I like it’s modern interpretation of the Dragonfly, but it always struck me as being closer to scale with the Sky Hawk.

  • I bought it when it was on clearance, kept the Wild Bill (probably the best modern Wild Bill we’ve gotten) and traded off the vehicle after a few months. Not one of the better modern vehicles I’ve picked up, IMO.

  • I’m a devoted fan of the Dragonhawk. I even got a second one so Lift-Ticket would have his own chopper. The design is topnotch, just modern/futuristic enough without being too sci-fi. The size doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I’m glad it was a little smaller, because that means it’s easier to make room for two of them. I’d love a huge, Tomahawk-sized (or bigger) transport helicopter that could hold several troops, especially a Cobra version, but for an attack chopper? I dig this size. Of course, I was perfectly happy with the size of the RoC Night Raven, too.

  • m6d

    I bought this for one reason… a larger Wild Bill head.

    Did a headswap and sold it off.

  • Pentastar

    If Hasbro had scaled this and the Cobra dropship to Night Raven proportions, I think they both would have been smash hits, even if they had to raise the prices. Loved this thing in photos, but your review described perfectly the objections I had to buying it.

  • Misplaced nostalgia doomed the Dragonhawk in the collectors’ world. If Hasbro decided to call it the Locust, it’d have gone over like gangbusters, because it’s better than the original Locust. However, they decided to stoke the embers of the old Dragonfly, one of the most-beloved vehicles from back in the day, and the rest is history.

    I’ve ingrained this into my brain as the “Locust” to the point that I’ve referred to it as such to other collectors, and they have no idea what I’m talking about.

    I like this copter, but that chin gun IS a disgrace.

  • I’m still trying to figure out if the Dragonhawk was intended to be the Apaches seen at the beginning of the film. They’re similar looking from the front. I wonder if the lack of direct reference is due to the fact that all the Apaches were destroyed by the Cobra Gunship in the film. Who would want to buy the loser of that fight?