We’ve been waiting all week and tonight the G.I. Joe Collectors Club finally revealed the final three members of the 2013 Nocturnal Fire “Night Force” team. We knew Spearhead, Repeater, and Hit & Run were on the team, but much speculation has gone around over how they would look. Now we know.
Both Repeater and Spearhead pull significant influences from the old school Night Force, with some pretty neat parts choices. Repeater is far away the star here with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 2 Roadblock from the neck down and Resolute Roadblock vest…the new head with the sculpted “RANGER” hat only makes it perfect.
Spearhead seems like a mishmash of parts with the Shock-Viper body, Comic Pack Firefly vest and a removable helmet and goggles.
The last figure… well… we all know I’ve been waiting for this one. Hit & Run. I’m not sure I’m equipped to judge this one fairly. I kind of had myself convinced that we were going to see the concept case version translated piece for piece. And we… didn’t get that.
Well, we sort of got that. This figure has the new head, helmet, and goggles from the concept case, and uses the combination Lifeline/Agent Mouse arms, which is spectacular. The torso and legs are from Lifeline, which is good, too, but the end result leaves me a bit mixed. I’ve said a number of times that I don’t want faithful updates of originals. Well, in this case, there was something very special about the camouflage paint scheme of that concept case Hit & Run.
This one looks quite different. The plain black shirt, with some nice trim, along with the green pants are all a nice combination, but I’m not blown away like I was with the full blown camouflage Hit & Run. This just seems like it could be more.
The foundation is there, though. The head, helmet, and arms are all perfect. I just think some different paint or deco would help. I dig the accessories, I dig the foundation of the figure itself, but it hasn’t blown me away like I was hoping a Collectors’ Club version of my favorite character would do. I’m giving it some time… all told the set looks like it came together quite well and the colors all balance nicely off of each other. It’s a very nice, cohesive set with some inspired vintage aesthetic, but also some very cool modern twists. Check out the combined images below.
See you in Indy!