GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 3 Big Ben

It felt like 1991 was a big year for G.I. Joe…at least it jumps out at me, looking back, that it was almost a turning point of sorts from the straight-laced military aesthetic of 1990 to a more colorful and science fiction one.  I know, there were plenty of science fiction and fantasy elements in previous years, but with the advent of the Eco-Warriors, the revisiting of some classic past characters in somewhat more complicated looks.  I loved 1991 as a kid, and it still holds a place in my heart as an adult.

The funny thing is, Big Ben was kind of lost in the shuffle for me back then.  He didn’t stand out among the Low Lights, Mercers, Dusty’s, Snake Eyes, and other refreshing new designs of that year.  That year I was all about revisiting the classics.

So one of the things that the Club has excelled at over the years is taking some of those forgotten characters and injecting new life into them.  Big Ben achieves that in spades.

Check out my full review at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or the direct link below.

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Big Ben (Figure Subscription Service)

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I will fully admit that Big Ben has never been one of my favorite characters, even with his great entry in the 1991 line, and certainly his rampant appearance in 2000 – 2002 didn’t change that opinion much.  I think part of it was that I loved the 1991 run of figures so much, he sort of faded into the background in an awesome selection of character updates.

Back in 1991, Big Ben was equipped in what appeared to be arctic gear with a heavy machine gun, and I was never a huge arctic fan anyway.  If I wasn’t a big fan of Big Ben even in 1991, his constant resurgence in 2000 would have definitely pushed me over the edge.  So Big Ben hasn’t been high on my list of figures I wanted to see, but now that I have the Figure Subscription Service in hand, I realize that narrow opinion was a fallacy.  This Big Ben update is nearly perfect.

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With a new head sculpt (sporting a nicely updated Bluetooth headset replacing his previous old school earpiece) immediately Big Ben is a character meshing perfectly with more modern updates.  As we’ve come to expect, Boss Fight Studio did terrific work here.  Utilizing a nice build from parts in recent years, the figure is stocky and solid, yet maintains fantastic articulation and range of motion.  I absolutely love the G.I. Joe: Retaliation G.I. Joe Trooper arms, they have great details and bend really far to allow for nice poses.

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The Pursuit of Dusty legs adds some bulk to a winter based figure, and the overall look of Big Ben is terrific, really separating him from some other contemporaries.

The Club deco borrows heavily from the original 1991 version, which actually has the very nice added benefit of being a close match for the Z-Force deco as well, and Big Ben actually jives with the FSS Quarrel in a nice way.  Utilizing his British background, the Club takes this opportunity to dovetail Big Ben with “Special Action Force” giving him a nice arm patch on one side the the Union Jack on the other, which again puts him in league with Quarrel (and the upcoming Jammer) very nicely.  These are the kind of great added details I like seeing from the Club in these FSS entries.

Accessories

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Big Ben is pretty loaded with accessories.  He has a large backpack, which opens up, twin machine gun ammunition belts, and the heavy machine gun to go with them.  He also comes with the grenade launcher from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trooper, a pair of grenades, and a satchel.  He doesn’t come with the bag that opens for the grenades as other versions have, but the overslung satchel charge is a nice homage to it.

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If you’d asked me to name 50 figures I wanted to see in the FSS, I’m pretty sure Big Ben wouldn’t have been on that list.  But the Club took that somewhat forgettable character and made him extremely memorable.  A great build, a fun deco, and terrific accessories makes for an impressive FSS entry, and one that I’m extremely happy we got.

G.I. Joe Collectors Club goes International with FSS 3.0 Big Ben

We nearing the end of the FSS 3.0 reveals as today we see the 10th figure in the 13 figure assortment! Today, the G.I. Joe Collectors Club has revealed Big Ben, and he’s a pretty fantastic looking update. With a new head sculpt by Boss Fight Studios, Big Ben is made up of some great pieces and looks very ’91 authentic.

Check out GIJoeClub.com for the latest FSS 3.0 info, and the Big Ben image is mirrored below.

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