G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary - Low Light
Getting my head around how to approach some of these 50th Anniversary reviews has been a challenge over the past week or so. On the one hand it's kind of obnoxious that so many of these figures are straight-up re-releases of existing figures. On the other hand, some of these re-releases are of figures that were somewhat hard to find a few years ago, and are amazing toys in their own right, so its tough to be too down on that.
Take Low Light for example. Of all the greatness that was achieved during the far too short "Pursuit of Cobra" era, the Wave 4 Low Light was possibly the epitome of that greatness. Taking some great cues from the vintage figure, and cranking every element up to 11, the Hasbro design team took a somewhat bland design (in my opinion) and at once made it almost perfect. Articulation, accessorization, sculpting, concept...it all came together into one amazing package and it's almost difficult to imagine that a figure of this quality could have been found on the same retail shelves and for the same price as stuff like Iron Man 3, Spider-Man or other limited articulation licensed items we've been saddled with lately.
I love the fact that Hasbro has gotten this figure back out into collector hands, even if it means a "slot" in the already short-run 50th Anniversary line is taken up by him.
The best part is, few sacrifices have been made in the figure's execution. Every accessory, every paint application, every inch of greatness is held intact. As with other 50th Anniversary figures, there are issues with the plastic quality, but they're not insurmountable. If you hold the PoC Low Light and this Low Light in your hands together, you will certainly feel the difference, but it's not so great that the 50th Anniversary one feels drastically inferior. Aside from the simple application of a gold star logo on his shoulder, for all intents and purposes this looks like the same figure released in 2011. There are some "paint slops" unfortunately, especially with the eyes and around the rim of his knit cap, which does negatively impact the figure, though it's not 100% noticable upon casual glance.
I already mentioned how all of Low Light's accessories came intact, and that's the truth. Everything from the take-apart sniper rifle with suitcase, to the knife, pistol, Uzi, and yes that damn single bullet. Everything is there, and I'm thrilled for that.
Pursuit of Cobra Low Light was a defining figure in G.I. Joe's modern legacy, and even though I already have the PoC version, I can hardly fault Hasbro for trying to get a new one back out to retail. I'm just glad they did it without any real "take aways".