Packaging - **1/2
The figure comes in a "tray" window box. The box feature's
Dragon's usual great graphics. For purist, the box is very nice because
the figure is easy to remove (only 1 twist tie!!) without destroying the
packaging. For others like me, the box is a functional carrier for an
action figure. Nice but nothing mind blowing.
Sculpting - ****
This figure comes with two heads. One has a molded tanker's
helmet and the other is helmet free. To be honest with you, I love the
helmet-free head so much that it is one of the main reasons why I bought
this figure. The head has so much character that in my humble opinion, it
is one of the best sculpts to date. He will make a great detective, mafia
hit man or other bad guy. I see a great Max Payne type figure coming out
of the spare head.
Paint - ***1/2
The two heads are the main things with paint. They have Dragon's
usual exceptional detail. The only beef I have with the paint is the
helmet is very boring. I figured Dragon would have weathered it a bit or
given it some emblems or something. Maybe all tankers keep their helmets
bland and emblem free, but I want flash from Dragon. The jungle boots also
are painted but pretty much just a straight solo color paint job.
Articulation - ***1/2
Dragon has set the standard for 12" action figures and this
one keeps up the tradition. Tremendous flexibility but always the
potential for loose joints and ….gasp…shelf diving!!
Uniform/Accessories - ***
The uniform is a pretty plain desert camo set of
BDU's. Very plain. Name tag, Army tag and one small collar emblem. All are
pretty bland. When I sat them next to a set of Soldier of the World $7
BDU's, there was basically no difference. Some may argue with me but this
was one of Dragon's weaker uniforms.
Now, the weapons that come with him are very nice. He comes with a grease
gun that is nice. It has a removable clip, extending stock and an opening
door on the ejection port. It's not as detailed as some rifles but very
nice. He also
comes with a 9mm pistol in an EXCELLENT shoulder holster. The photo
doesn't do it justice. The pistol is nothing great but the holster is one
of the finest mass-produced shoulder rigs I've ever seen and is the other
main reason why I wanted him.
Play Factor - **1/2
As much as Dragon has done to improve action figure articulation and
detail it has taken away in toy strength. This guy would probably explode
after one little "adventure" in my back yard with my son's
Action Man crew.
Value - ***1/2
Dragon quality for $15 is pretty much unheard of. He was
listed at $25 to $29, which is normal for Dragon. Joe World On-line had
notice of kbkids.com sale price and I
was all over it (after I verified the stores kept the higher price). The
spare head and shoulder rig are destined to make a pretty cool looking
Overall - a very solid ***
Not up to the usual standards I expect in a Dragon figure but then
again I only had to pay $15 !!! The great head sculpt and holster helped
the score too.
Where to buy -
As I mentioned earlier, this figure is a Kay Bee exclusive, available in
both their stores and at their dot-com.
The Rater: Mark D is an avid action figure collector old enough to
have gotten vintage GI Joes for Christmas as a kid, but still young enough
to play with his toys. He collects mostly vintage AT GI Joe stuff but
still likes to grab the cool stuff that comes out now, especially law
enforcement figures and accessories. He's been a regular at The Sandbox (alt.toys.gi-joe)
since he first came on line about five years ago. He's always looking to
swap with other Joe-head and assist them in finding the hard to find
stuff. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org