Funko Pop G.I. Joe – The Back of the Boxes

Some folks appear to be interested in seeing the back of the box for these Funko Pop G.I. Joe releases…

Here it is! Thanks to the fine folks at Kokomo Toys for getting these out to collectors.

Check out their store here and scoop some up.

Funko Pop Roadblock

Funko Pop Cobra Commander

Funko Pop Cobra Commander (Helmet)

Funko Pop Storm Shadow

Funko Pop G.I. Joe now in stock at Kokomo Toys eBay store!

I’ve been focusing a lot of attention on the Loyal Subjects offerings for the G.I. Joe Vinyl figures range, but Funko is also getting in the G.I. Joe game if you weren’t aware.

In fact, friend of GeneralsJoes Kokomo Toys just got some new stock and have thrown them up in their eBay store!

Check out their store here and scoop some up.

Funko Pop Roadblock

Funko Pop Cobra Commander

Funko Pop Cobra Commander (Helmet)

Funko Pop Storm Shadow

GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Gung Ho and Shadow Guard

Saving the best for last?

Like his fellow Marine, Leatherneck last year, Gung Ho was overdue for an updated modern figure, though many would argue Gung Ho’s need was far more drastic than his 1986 era teammate. I would agree.

I think most of us would also agree that Gung Ho’s update meets all of those lofty expectations.

Check out my 50th Anniversary Review Page for the latest, or click the links below.

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G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Gung Ho

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So this is it…as much as Destro and Leatherneck were the stars of the show for the first go round of the 50th Anniversary, this second wave was all about Storm Shadow and Gung Ho, with most of the focus squarely on G.I. Joe’s first Marine.  So, what’s the verdict?

Pretty excellent, in truth.  Nearly perfect, I dare say.

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Leveraging the sculpting skills of Fred Aczon, now of Boss Fight Studio, Gung Ho is a work of art from a sculpting standpoint.  I believe the figure is brand new from head to toe, standing tall and wide in stature, as the classic character should. Interestingly, he’s not quite as tall as Leatherneck or Destro, but stands somewhere in between those two and more “normal” sized figures.  I still find it amazing that Gung Ho was deemed important enough to be included in the first 25th Anniversary 5-Pack, but somehow not important enough to be re-released in his classic visage ever since.  There were a few other versions of the character interjected into various lines, but none that really did the character justice.  This one does, in spades.

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The new head sculpt is chock full of great character, with the handlebar moustache and the familiar Marine cap.  The torso and arms look great, and the legs are great, too, allowing Gung Ho to stand tall and sturdy.  Leg joints and plastic quality feel better than we got with Destro last year with a functional holster and knife sheath on the boot.  At this point we have several different great legs for these tall characters, and kudos to Hasbro for not just re-using Roadblock or Destro this time around.

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Paint applications are good, looking very much like the classic ‘83 version of this character in a similar powder blue camouflage.  The Marine Corps tattoo on his chest is incredibly well done, too.  It’s huge on his chest and covers some serious real estate, not just kind of tossed on there as the ‘07 version was.  This Gung Ho is prouder than ever of his Marine Corps heritage!

Accessories

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The Joe Marine comes with a ton of gear including a great looking newly tooled vest, a re-released grenade launcher, mini gun w/ backpack, pistol and knife.  He also has Duke’s smaller, paratrooper format M-249 SAW heavy machine gun for good measure.  Yeah, Gung Ho is pretty strapped, and the gear is really nice.  I would have loved to have seen a slightly more normal assault rifle for standard military operations, but who can complain?  I’ve got plenty of extra gear to go around.

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Just as the tall and imposing Destro and Leatherneck figures were last year, this rendition of Gung Ho is the star of the second series of 50th Anniversary figures, and he deserves his place in the limelight.  There is almost no possible place for complaint with the figure, as its design and execution are both top notch, giving us one heck of a great new version of the G.I. Joe Marine.  Sure, it took us eight years to get a new version of the classic Gung Ho character, but some might say it was worth the wait.  He is truly stellar.  My hope at this point is that they take this figure and redeco him in some more realistic camouflage for the Marvel issue #39 era of jungle operations.  This version of Gung Ho would look pretty spectacular in more realistically colored camouflage.

G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Crimson Shadow Guard

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Ever since they were first revealed back in the new sculpt era, I’ve been resistant to the concept of the Shadow Guard.  First and foremost, the Crimson Guard are already supposed to be the upper echelon of elite Cobra operatives, do we really need a MORE elite Elite Cobra operative?  Crimson Guards were always undercover officers and administrators, and not so much the field combat arm (with the Crimson Guard Immortal at least filling out that role somewhat), so I couldn’t figure out how the Crimson Shadow Guard fit in there.  Plus, there’s the whole crimson theory…what’s the purpose of a Crimson Guard who isn’t actually crimson?

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From a field operations standpoint, I do have to admit I love the G.I. Joe: Retaliation version of the Crimson Guard.  His tactical vest, newly tooled helmet and terrific accessories all add up to a great update to the Elite original.  Much as I hate to say it, getting a Shadow Guard version of this combat equipped Crimson Guard is kinda neat.  I love the new head sculpt, and the parts choice works well, too.  I’ve never loved the original 25th Anniversary Crimson Guard legs, so repurposing the Alley-Viper legs for this works well for me.  Same with the Shock Trooper arms.  It gives the Crimson Guard figure a more combat oriented look with far better articulation and range of motion than the 25th Anniversary version.  The more modern sculpting and articulation has done wonders to make the figure look cool, but still retain a somewhat regal air.

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Even as a repurposed figure in just a new paint scheme, I like the Shadow Guard, but don’t love it.  I still struggle to rationalize his purpose in the Cobra hierarchy, but I know there has been some fan demand out there for it, so Hasbro’s decision to satisfy those fans makes sense.  It also helps that the basic construction of the figure is a lot of fun, regardless of where it fits in the grand scheme of things.

Accessories

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Crimson Shadow Guard comes with the Retaliation Crimson Guard tactical vest, backpack, sword, and bevy of offensive weaponry.  They all work well and for a more combat oriented version of this Elite trooper I enjoy them quite a bit.  The weapons work for ornamental purposes or actual combat purposes, and the designs are great, too, even if it’s more of the same.

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I can’t quite figure out how this guy fits into the grand scheme of things, but the figure execution is nice.  Much of the credit for that goes to the Retaliation designers, but the Shadow Guard concept is done well here.