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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FSS 4.0 Law & Order
- Paint Deco
Even without any new parts and only some minor alterations to his paint scheme, this version of Law & Order manages to pretty seamlessly blend into his '87 counterpart. It's remarkable what a new vest and some minor paint color changes will do to make a modern, more tactical figure and change it effectively into a more accurate vintage representation. Modern parts does wonders for sculpt and articulation. This is a pretty decent update.
I have also done a YouTube video review for this figure. You can check that out below: