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25th Figure Celebrity Guest Review: Kevin Berghoff
25th Anniversary G. I. Joe Figure Review
Greetings fellow G. I. Joe collectors! The long wait is over. G.I. Joe is finally back and better than ever. I know that it came back a few years ago, and Hasbro did a fine job remaking the “American Classic”, but these new action figures are the Joes and Cobras that we grew up with, the Joes and Cobras with the original look and feel of the old Marvel Comics and Sunbow Cartoons. These figures are why I, my younger brother Todd, and millions of adults today, started collecting G. I. Joe action figures in the first place.
Let me introduce myself, I’m Kevin Berghoff. I’m a member of The Phillips and Company Morning Show on Y98 (98.1 FM) in St. Louis, Missouri. I’ve jokingly boasted on air several times that I once was “The 6th Leading G.I. Joe Action Figure Collector in the World.” Though that may or may not be true, I’m huge G.I. Joe fan. I got hooked as a kid back in 1982, and I have continued upgrading my collection ever since. Through high school, marriage, even Star Brigade, I’ve stayed with the franchise hoping that one day G.I. Joe would return to its true origin. The long wait is over.
I was fortunate enough to have received a set of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe and Cobra 5 Packs from Jess at figures.com [YoJoe! publisher -TD] for the purpose of this review, so without further delay: “Yo Joe and on with the show!”
Let’s start with the Joes. First off, the 5 figures picked for this set are the definitive G.I. Joe characters – Duke, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Roadblock and Gung-Ho. Knowing that Flint, Lady Jaye, and Shipwreck are coming out later, and hoping that Hawk will eventually get made, Hasbro couldn’t have picked a better group. In the comics and cartoons, these Joes are the core members, and Hasbro does a magnificent job bringing them to life. Duke is a great sculpt down to the American Flag on his right shoulder harkening back to the original mail order figure with its flag sticker, Scarlett has her trademark pony-tail, Snake-Eyes is damn near perfect, Roadblock unlike his 1983 predecessor finally looks good bald, and Gung-Ho is ripped and ready to battle against Cobra!
As for the Cobra set, they too are equally impressive. Cobra Commander, Baroness, Storm Shadow, the Cobra soldier, and Destro are a great representation of Cobra Command throughout the years – although I personally would have enjoyed Major Bludd instead of the Cobra soldier, but I’m sure he’ll be made soon enough. Cobra Commander has his helmet and long gloves, Baroness has a great petite frame, Storm Shadow compliments his nemesis Snake-Eyes, the Cobra soldier is almost identical to the original 1982 card art, and Destro is the best figure Hasbro has ever made in the entire G. I. Joe line! Even though I’m thoroughly impressed with both the Cobra and G.I. Joe figures, I do have some very minor criticisms.
The new sculpts have wrist and ankle movement, but mobility is compromised on some of the figures’ swivel arms and legs. The only drawback is that it does limit some poses. Speaking of limitations, the stands, especially the G.I. Joe ones, have the peg too far back which again can limit a figure’s pose using the stand. Also, why does Scarlett’s stand say “Agent Scarlett”? Her file card says “Scarlett”. Just being picky, but with all the great care Hasbro went through redoing some of the original card art to represent all of the figures’ looks, I’d like to see the stand read “Scarlett” – I’m not much of a General Toma”Hawk” fan either. Finally, Gung-Ho’s hat should be removable and have a marine symbol that looks a lot less like a navy anchor. Like I said, these are very minor criticisms, and if that is all I can complain about, then I really cannot complain at all.
On the whole, these figures are AWESOME! Hasbro finally got it right. Thanks again to Jess at figures.com for letting me review the new 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe and Cobra 5 Packs, I really appreciate it. More importantly though, thanks to Hasbro for making G.I. Joe and Cobra action figures for the past 25 years and for continuing to make them for the many years to come. You’ve made my wife upset, but you’ve kept me a huge fan! Thanks again, and I can’t wait to see the next wave!
- Kevin Berghoff
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