This is another fine guest review from one of
our regulars - Hutt Wigley! First, a little about Hutt.
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 in the 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 gave him 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" action figures. As a
father himself, he now creates adventures for his son's and his own G.I.
Now on to the review!
Packaging - ***
It's a bubble card! All the gear and weapons are in plain view!
Sculpting - ***
The sculpting is decent. The gear that is molded to the figures looks
JUST like the gear that comes with 21st Century Toys 12" SWAT action
figures, only smaller! They have elbow and knee pads molded on their
Paint - ***
There is some definite slop in the paintworks! Hair color bleeds over onto
necks, ears and foreheads. Some are better than others. If you find them
at a brick-n-mortar store, take a look at them before you buy them!
Articulation - ***
These little dudes boast 16 points of bendability! From the waste
up, these figures rock!: Neck rotation, shoulder-arm elevation, bicep
rotation, 90 degrees of elbow bend, wrist rotation, and waste rotation.
From the waste down: Pelvic elevation, 90 degrees of knee bend, and close
to 90 degrees of ankle bend (YES! Ankle bend! These guys can point their
With all the vertical motion available in their legs, the lack of thigh or
ankle rotation is pretty dang obvious.
Each figure comes with a 1/18th scale MP-5, what looks like a Glock 40
pistol, (which fits nicely in the leg holster, BTW!) a helmet, a tactical
vest, cloth balaclava and either a pair of goggles, or a gas mask.
And each figure includes a specialist accessory: "Brown" comes
with a ballistic shield, "Spencer" brings a battering ram,
"Davis" totes what looks like a H&K G-3 sniper rifle, and
"Elliot" is armed with a shotgun. The cloth balaclava is
cool, but can't be worn under the helmet. The goggles are in scale and
have a REAL elastic strap! (I broke one of the straps trying to get
it out of the package!) The gas mask snaps over the figure's face, and can
be worn under the helmet if desired. The tactical vests are made of
rubber, and have AWESOME detailing, including various ammo and equipment
pouches, a Motorola walkie-talkie and radio handsets.
Value - ** or ****
Depending where you buy them. I got mine from a KB Toys store in a mall
for $1.99 each, but I've seen them on KB's website for $5.99 each.
Overall - ***1/2
These will REALLY appeal to anyone who collects the 1/18th scale, or
4" figures. If you can score them at KB for $1.99 each, JUST DO IT!!!
Where to buy -
The best price is at bricks and mortar Kaybee stores, where you can find
them for $1.99. On-line options:
has them but at $5.99 each plus shipping.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford