| Included in set:
Duke, Cobra Commander, Destro, Gung Ho, Stormshadow, Snake
Eyes, Scarlett, Zartan, more....
To celebrate their 20 year anniversary of the original 3
& 3/4 inch figure line, Hasbro has released a newly sculpted
line of G.I. Joe figures under the retro title of G.I.
Joe vs Cobra, rekindling the old storyline originally
introduced to kids in the early 1980s when the original figure
line and cartoon were released.
This time around, the figures are more dynamically sculpted
and come in two packs with weapons and backpacks. Comparing
the new figures to the originals is actually quite unfair.
The original lineup was fairly well detailed and realistic
to a degree (they only got weird and stupid-looking in later
series), but the figures were always flimsy and fell apart
too easily. The joints would get loose and the rubberband
that held them together always managed to snap from wear at
some point. After a week out of the package, they never seemed
to be able to stand on their own. The new figures look and
feel more sturdy. The resculpted faces and bodies look better
and more stylized. In fact, the new Cobra Commander is leaps
and bounds over the old one. These figures both make nice
collectibles and have a high degree of playability for the
younger crowd who would rather rip open the package and play
To be released over the length of the year include two packs
of: Duke vs. Cobra Commander, Destro vs. Gung Ho, Stormshadow
vs. Snake Eyes, Scarlett vs. Zartan and thirteen other sets
which should cover most of the classic characters from the
original series (before the cartoon started added all sorts
of knock-offs). Along with the smaller figures will be a line-up
of 12" figures similar to the "classic" G.I. Joe dolls and
an assortment of the vehicles, remade to go with the new series,
including the Rockslide, Cobra Mantis Sub, Cobra Fang Helicopter
and Assault Quad. Each of the vehicles will come with a figure.
This re-edition manages to both improve on the original series
and maintain that certain nostalgia factor of what made the
original lineup of figures so much fun for kids. Unlike other
revised figure lines, this one has managed to stay true to
form without the hideous updating for a new generation that
often makes the toys too hip for their own good. Fans of the
old series and the new generation of toy owners alike will
want to get their hands on these.