What can I say about the officer than I didn’t already say about the Iron Anvil itself? I may be one of the biggest Iron Anvil fans on the planet, and I thought the update done for the Convention set was pretty much perfect.
Considering the officer is the same structural formula with only some minor changes (gold shoulder pads and shin armor) I can’t find much to complain about here either.
The build for this figure is just terrific. Every once in a while you get a G.I. Joe figure that just feels right in your hand. He poses right, he balances right, and he just looks awesome. It actually happens less often than you might think.
Iron Anvil and Iron Anvil Officer fill both of those roles for me. The parts selection fits together seamlessly to provide the foundation for an armored, but flexible paratrooper for Destro, with a terrific paint scheme and great accessories. Both the regular Anvil and the Officer are fantastic.
Beyond the minor paint adjustments, this is obviously where the figures really differ. While the regular Anvil comes with an Alley-Viper vest and Para-Viper harness, the Officer comes with a red repaint of the Retaliation Cobra Trooper parachute pack, which looks pretty fantastic, I might add. He also comes with the same submachine gun and knife, as well as the familiar blue Retaliation parachute.
Like his normal trooper counterpart, the Iron Anvil Officer is a great looking, fun figure, with a few color adjustments and cool accessory additions. As a Parachute figure this year, it was tough to get, with only a single figure being allowed per attendee, but the nice thing about that is he is so similar to the trooper, it doesn’t feel like a dramatic loss. That being said, I’m happy I have him, and will proudly place him at the head of my Iron Anvil squad.