Law & Order (Figure Subscription Service)

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Any day that I’m sitting down to review a G.I. Joe figure is a very good day. Heaven knows, those days feel pretty few and far between these days, and with rumors abound that the G.I. Joe Collectors Club may be losing the license after 2016, I shudder to think what the outlook will be next year at this time.

Regardless of the depressing part of this review, I was ecstatic to see my FSS 4.0 figures arrive today! That could be because I’ve been without new G.I. Joe figures for so long that this is like a cool glass of water in a desert, but actually, the figures themselves are pretty nice.

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First one up is Law, a figure build that should be very familiar to anyone who collected the 30th Anniversary figures, because it uses the same parts, from head to toe. The main structural difference here is that he’s wearing the 25th Anniversary Wild Bill vest to better mirror his vintage ’87 look than the tactical vest the 30th Anniversary/Renegades version wore.

I love the use of modern parts. Renegades Duke was a tragically unsung figure during that same era, with some simple parts that looked relatively generic, yet had fantastic articulation and range of motion. Really happy to see those parts used here, giving this figure a great look and feel.

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On top of those modern parts, Law has a much more vintage themed paint scheme with the olive green pants, red shirt, and blue vest, all topped off with the white helmet. The colors don’t perfectly match the vintage, but taking into account the modern construction, they do a pretty good job of approximating what an update would look like. The result is a modernized version of this character that looks much more in line with his ’87 look, and thus fits in better with his peers from that era.

Now, obviously the vest doesn’t have a sculpted badge, so the Club approximates it with a tempo to mixed success.  Still, I suppose I have to admire their effort to get things as accurate as possible.

ACCESSORIES

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Law comes with a relatively basic accessory load out, similar to what he came with in the 80s, including an Uzi, helmet, and the pistol  that comes default any time these legs are used. He also comes with his trusty Order, a very nicely decoed version of his familiar German Shepard.  It should be noted that Law does not come with the silencer that is typically seen alongside this pistol.  According to the GIJCC there were some factory production issues and the silencer was omitted from every figure.  Considering I have about 32 of these silencers kicking around, I don’t consider that a huge loss.

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This figure isn’t ground breaking in any particular way, but it uses an extremely effective modern parts template with the right combination of vintage colors, giving folks a nice update to Law. Heck, the 30th Anniversary version isn’t all that easy/cheap to come across at this point either, so this kills two birds with one stone. Nicely done on this one.

I have also done a YouTube video review for this figure.  You can check that out below:

Nunchuk (Figure Subscription Service)

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YAY Ninja Force!

As a kid in the late 80s, early 90s, ninjas were pretty much the be all, end all. My first ever exposure to the term “ninja” was with Storm Shadow, and that opened these doors for me into great films and stories throughout the next decade.

Ninja Force, first released in 91 felt like it kind of came on the tail end of the ninja craze, but it had some spectacular, somewhat outlandish designs that worked really well with the 90s era of G.I. Joe.

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Unfortunately many of those figures were hampered by spring-loaded action features that either ruined the aesthetics, or wrecked the play value of the figure. Thankfully the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has been making an effort in recent years to fix some of those mistakes.

Slice, Dice, and TJBang are a few of their modern revisits, and each one has been a very successful take on these colorful characters. Nunchuk is much the same.

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Using modern parts like Airtight’s legs, with 30th Anniversary Storm Shadow’s torso and arms, they’ve cobbled together a pretty effective Nunchuk update, who has the right ninja/martial arts elements, but also is more of a combat based figure, too. He’s got terrific articulation, and the use of modern parts means the sculpting and overall design of the figure is really great.

I will say I’m not real wild about the decision to just use the clunky mask from the Training Storm Shadow. I’m not sure what existing alternative could have been selected, but this doesn’t look a whole lot like Nunchuk from that perspective. Also, the singular Storm Shadow chest strap makes the figure look a little empty in the torso, too. Again, not sure what else could have been used, but this doesn’t feel like quite the right formula, and it’s not even vintage accurate.

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The color scheme is good, using the familiar green uniform with black tiger stripe camouflage, with black wrists and boots. It’s a good look and a very nice update to the original.

ACCESSORIES

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As one might suspect, Nunchuk comes with… nunchuks. As well as a pair of swords, sais, and the darts that Storm Shadow came with. He has the sheath on his back from the Storm Shadow strap, and that about covers is. Pretty straight forward accessories that work fine, though part of me would have loved for him to come with a crazy scimitar looking thing like the original did.

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Simply from the new parts and modern construction, I consider this figure a win, even though there are some cosmetic changes I would have recommended. The head and webgear are two changes that could have made a big difference, but even as it stands, I’m excited about a Ninja Force update and Nunchuk is a cool addition to the FSS. Now I need me some Dojo, Snake Eyes, and Scarlett! At the very least!

I’ve also done a video review of this figure on YouTube!  Check out that video review below:

Prime 1 Studio acquires license to produce G.I. Joe statues?

While there has been no official formal announcement that I’m aware of, it would appear as if Prime 1 Studios as acquired the license to produce statues based on the G.I. Joe brand, likely within the 1/3 or 1/4 scale.

Prime 1 is currently working with several other licenses, including Warner Brother’s Batman vs. Superman, the Michael Bay Transformers universe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just to name a few.

Details are not forthcoming as of yet, but in a Prime 1 Collectors Facebook group Kevin Loke (who appears to work for the company) made the announcement and has solicited some input as to which characters collectors would like to see.

You can see the screen capture of his announcement below, and you can find the Facebook group right here.  Curiously, he states that the license “is confirmed” but I know I have not yet seen it announced anywhere.  Maybe I missed it, or maybe the news is still to come.

Time will tell, and hopefully what we see from Prime 1 proves more sustainable than some previous entries into the statuary market have been.

Now, obviously until we hear this confirmed by Hasbro, it must be treated as rumor, but there certainly seems to be some truth to it.  Big thanks to YT74 on Twitter for the news.

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GeneralsJoes Video Review – Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus

While I’ve dabbled in the world of video reviews a little bit, I’m going to try and make a concerted effort to do more going forward.  I know for Transformers especially, the video format can work better to show transformation, etc…

To that end, I’ve posted a three part video review featuring the latest Transformers: Masterpiece figure from Takara: MP-28 Hot Rodimus.

The three part review is broken into a look at the box and car, the transformation, and the robot mode.  Check out my YouTube page, and see the videos embedded below.

Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus – The Box and Vehicle Mode

Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus – Transformation

Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus – Robot Mode and Easter Eggs