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25th Snow Job (single-card) First-Look

By Justin Bell

Introduction: Back in the day, while the Snow Job figure didn't thrill me a whole lot, I absolutely loved his backstory. The Con Man aspect of the character and the fact that he was born in a state close to me all made the character all the more "real" to me and made him a character that stood out in my mind. His arctic gear kind of shoehorned him into a very specific purpose, so that reduced his functionality to me, even as a kid, but I was still a fan of the character. Well, now, even though he is in arctic gear, the figure is simply cool enough to overshadow that fact, and I finally have a version of G.I. Joe's first arctic trooper that lives up to the great character I've had in my mind.

Sculpt: Wow, wow, WOW. This is Snow Job as he should be done. I look all over this figure, just trying to find the slightest fault, but I'm having a hard time with it. His skullcap head sculpt is truly inspired and looks terrific. He's got a ton of character and a great look.

As a fairly generic arctic trooper, Snow Job doesn't need a whole lot of detail, but he's got it anyway. Two chest pouches with nicely sculpted straps, a nicely lined arm sleeve, and the forearm pouches that became well known with the vintage figure. But the beauty of the details are in Snow Job's legs.

On his right thigh is a terrifically sculpted holster with an actual rubber flap that closes and the Adventure Team logo on the holster! It's tiny, but it's definitely there, and is also a nice homage to the Arctic Team logo that Whiteout and Big Ben sported back in 2001 as well when they showed up in the Real American Hero Collection. Then on his left thigh is the Rapid Deployment Force carrying case! These kinds of little details are some things that really make these figures great. It's obvious that there are some true Real American Hero fans working behind the scenes on this line, you can really tell, and I for one am thrilled to see that.

Even beyond those two little touches, the sculpting on the parka and the pants themselves over the boots, it all looks great.

Articulation: For the most part, Snow Job is pretty much spot on with his articulation, but he does have some limitations. The upper body is great with a nice, almost seamless mid-torso joint, ball-joint shoulders and the wrist joints that work well. Unfortunately, though, his legs do suffer a little bit from the aesthetics of the parka that is sculpted down over the hips. The parka is a separate piece, but is glued tightly to his waist, and the somewhat stiff rubber provides some limitations to the way the hips can move. It's malleable enough that you can kind of force the legs into an upright position (and the hips can move thanks to improved hip sockets) but the parka does limit some things. I've gotta admit, though, the parka being sculpted down above the hips makes a world of difference aesthetically, but it's a minor bothersome point, to me. Nothing to really write home about, though.

Accessories: Snow Job is absolutely loaded with gear, as it should be. His skis and backpack are very reminiscent of the vintage versions, but retooled so they mesh with the current pegholes on the Anniversary figures. The skipoles look pretty similar as well, but I think the handles have been enlarged a bit to fit the larger hands. He, of course, comes with the classic cartoon-era firearm, which is awesome to see! The shining point of his accessory compliment, though, has to do with the removable hood and goggles. I am amazed that they were able to integrate those into separate pieces and have them look as seamless as they do. The great thing is that you can swap out heads, and give them hoods and goggles as well, to give you a full-fledged Joe arctic team. Snow Job is a great, great figure that updates what I always thought was a sub-par figure that got a lot of mysterious love back in the day. Now, though, he absolutely rocks, and I can't find much to complain about other than those limitations in the leg movement.

Conclusion: Loved the character, never loved his figure...now I can love both! Terrific sculpting, awesome accessory compliment...aside from some minor articulation issues, this is a version of Snow Job I can respect. Great figure!

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