Packaging - ***
The package is a simple blister on card with a J-hook hanger. The
blister allows full viewing of all of the contents and the card has nice
graphics. The package is also durable for people who keep them in the
package. The card seems to be a heavier cardboard than a lot of carded
figures out there and would probably withstand more abuse.
Sculpting - ***
The head sculpt on this particular Joe is one of the half dozen or
so that Hasbro is putting on its basic figures. There were 4 different
sculpts available on this particular set at the store where I made the
purchase. The sculpt I took is the red head that's been used on everything
from the recent halo-jumper to the basic carded figures. The new sculpts
are all pretty sharp and add more "personality" than the
"pin head" or "flat head" Joes that Hasbro used when
they started with 12" figures again.
Paint - ***
The head is the only thing is the only thing that is really
painted. Hasbro did a nice job as usual on crisp but realistic blending
Articulation/Body - ***1/2
This is one of the new Super-Articulated (SA) GI Joes that Hasbro
is changing to. Hasbro took a clue from Dragon, BBI and some of the other
high-end action figures on the market. Swivel joints were added in the
bicep & thigh and a mid chest "multi-joint" was added. These
go along with the recent Kung-Fu grip Hasbro developed and make for a very
flexible figure that goes to about any pose. The only things that kept
this from being a **** in my book were the smaller "baby feet"
that Hasbro's been using and the fact that the joints feel loose,
especially the chest, and I believe these guys have potential to become
extremely loose and lose their ability to hold a pose. I hope I'm wrong
but I think they have great potential to be "shelf divers."
Play Factor - ***
What I like about Hasbro is the fact that I can either display
them with my "high end" figures like Dragon's, or I can take
them out for a good beating. This is a toy that my 6 year old could use
and abuse for a long time….if I were to actually let him have it.