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Wave 3, 2008 Duke (v26)

Review by Terry Dizard

Nothing says Red-White-and-Blue patriotism like a big 'ol American flag and today we're going to take a look at the latest version of Duke, inspired by his appearance in the opening sequence of G.I.Joe The Movie.

Duke features the same sculpt as the previous three versions: Blonde hair and blue eyes, with the standard rolled cuffs, an American flag patch on the arm, dark green trousers with pouch and a working holster and detailed brown boots. But this version of Duke is a bit different, with a light white-tan shirt, and a whole set of interesting accessories - otherwise, this is still your run of the mill Duke.

The Joe team's "first-shirt" comes with a silver JUMP jet pack (with American flag on the back), a silver two-piece flag and flag pole, a silver M1911-A1 Colt .45, a silver XMLR-3A laser rifle (more on this in a minute), a green standard issue G.I.Joe helmet, a silver bandolier, and a modified silver display base with two foot-pegs and a receptacle to insert the large flag.

The accessories by themselves are rather common and boring, but in their unique hue of green-tinted silver and the way they compliment the figure sculpt, while also making it very cartoon/movie accurate, they are an absolute perfect combination.

I have to say, this really is my favorite version of Duke.

Every aspect comes together so well that it makes a figure that I can easily call "definitive."

One thing over the years that I always wanted in my collection were more figures with big, bold icons of Americana - this Duke, with his blazing flags and all-American looks really fills that need to the letter.

Duke just looks perfect in front of a 25th Anniversary line display, as if he was truly the final touch or centerpiece to make a complete collection.

Yes, this is the fourth version of Duke in the 25th Anniversary line, and yes his articulation is hampered by the poor sculpting and engineering on the lower arm sleeves, and yes, the mid torso joint is painfully obvious and obtrusive, but dang it - this is a heck of a good figure. Nothing can detract from the patriotic feelings and all-American spirit that Duke embodies.

When I look at this figure, all I can think about is that final few frames in the opening the 1987 G.I.Joe: The Movie, with Duke standing atop of the Statue of Liberty, weapon raised high and the American flag waving proudly.

That is unbridled patriotism at its best.

Do you NEED this Duke in your collection? Even if you don't dig on the Mom and Apple Pie vibes that he gives off, this is an excellent Duke made even better by the prefect compliment of cartoon themed accessories. Get him, you won't regret it!

Archive entry:
Duke (v26)

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Images from the collection of: Terry Dizard and Justin Bell

Figure courtesy of Brian's Toys - get your Duke and many more at Brian's Toys!

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