Collection Green Beret
When I was growing up in the 1970's, my dad was a member
of the US Army's 12th Special Forces, so as a kid, the one GI Joe item I
ALWAYS wanted was the Green Beret GI Joe. This way, I could
pretend Joe was on the same adventures my dad was. Alas, my appreciation
for GI Joe came at the time when the "Adventure Team" GI Joe
line was in full swing, and the Green Beret Joe was out of
production...I have a confession! I am now 33 years old, and I STILL
play with toys! I don't collect them, I accumulate them! And once they
get home from the store, they come right outta the box! With that said,
I am pleased to now have in my extensive "collection" of
12" Action Figures the GI Joe Timeless Collection Green Beret!
Packaging - ***
Sorta what I expected from Hasbro: The window-front box,
retro-style GI Joe graphics, and the elaborate use of twist ties to hold
the figure and most of the accessories securely in place. The box is
fairly sturdy enough to fulfill the needs of the MIB collector. But this
Joe is MINE, and he's coming outta the box!!!
Sculpting - **1/2
GB Joe has the same face (not wimpy, but not overtly imposing,
baring the same trademark scar on the right cheek) as the classic Joes
from the 1960's and early 1970's. The hands are the same, nearly-useless
ones you remember as a kid, and have the same right-hand
"index-finger-thumb-pinching pose" and left-hand
"fore-grip-grab-pose" as yesteryear!
Paint - ***
Joe's paintwork is spartan, but effective, and consists of the
facial details (hair, eyes, lips, scar) as well as flesh-tones applied
over the metal rivets in his body joints. He's essentially JUST like the
Accessories - **1/2
Again, I am spoiled by the superb array of 1/6 scale accessories
available. However, the fact that Hasbro reproduced the 1960s Green Beret
accessories just for this set IS dually impressive! This set boasts a mess
of old-style goodies: a Bazooka with 2 shells, an M-16, a radio box that
opens to reveal the headset and Morse Code key, a diecast-metal .30
caliber with tri-pod, ammo box, camouflage netting, tent poles, rope, and
plastic foliage for camouflaging the lean-to. The M-16A1 is slightly
undersized in scale, and the bazooka is slightly oversized. ( I still
haven't figured out how to set up the camouflage net canopy yet...) The
cloth belt and ammo pouches are simply classic in appearance. And let us
not forget the dog tags!!
Uniform - ***
The "duck camo" fatigues look simply classic, and REALLY
took me back to my childhood! The rubber beret bares the insignia flash of
the US 5th Special Forces, and fits nicely on Joe's head. The flash is
supposed to be worn above the left eye, and I was initially disappointed
that it wasn't packaged that way! But it's easily fixed when the figure is
removed from the package.
Articulation/Body - **1/2
When I was younger, the vintage Joes were awesome!!! The
articulation was superb, if only because it was the best you could get!
But after about 5 years of having Classic Collection Joes, then Dragon
action figures, and then Ultimate Soldiers to play with has spoiled me!
Does Vintage-style Joe's articulation still rock? Sure. If you're eager to
re-live your childhood adventures!
Value - ***
I picked this guy up on clearance at JCPenny.com for $19.99, plus tax, and
a coupon code for free shipping. The ability to obtain a set in
reproduction that I yearned for as an 8-year-old, but could never get is
WELL worth the $20!!! I am a bonified cheapskate, and am so happy to have
this set for the price, as I could NEVER afford an original!
Overall - ***
The value factor, combined with the ability to finally have the set I
wanted as a kid 25 years ago was TOO good to pass up. On a shelf, next to
my newer-fangled 12" action figures, Green Beret Joe looks cheesy and
hokey! But the 8-year-old inner child in me says "He's SO cool!"
Bottom line: If not for the fact that I am spoiled by ALL the other
12" Military-themed figures on the market today, the GI Joe
Timeless Collection Green Beret would get 4 stars!
The Rater: Hutt Wigley resides in Eagle, Idaho with his wife
and son. Hutt got his
first G.I Joe when he was three years old. Growing up his father was
army and it gave him inspiration to create adventures for his own action
figures. Hutt began to seriously collect G.I. Joes when his father
the Timeless Collection G.I. Joe and "The Story Behind The
Legend" book on
his 30th birthday. Since then his collection has over 150 12"
figures. As a father himself, he now creates adventures for his
his own G.I. Joes.
Figure from the collection of Hutt Wigley.