Packaging - **1/2
It's a box, camouflage colored, with a windowed front. The subject matter
and accessories are displayed well, and a good variety of the action figure
range is featured on the back. As with ALL my figures though, the box is
only a temporary stasis chamber, where the figure rests until he/she is
called upon for action!
He's actually got a fairly
decent head sculpt. In the package, my first impression of the head sculpt
was "he sorta looks like Vin Diesel". Now, after getting him out
of the package, he reminds me more of Coby Bell (Officer Davis from
"Third Watch") with a bald head.
Paint - **
His only paint appears to be his face: eyes, eyebrows, lips, and slight
coloration to the cheeks. Not an outstanding example for the industry,
but not totally lame either.
Articulation - ***
This is a tough score to give. On the one hand, he's got all the
double-jointed elbows and knees the you'd come to expect from the industry.
(He's got a total of 35 points of articulation.) But some of his
articulation is pointless and redundant. For instance, he's got cut joints
in his biceps, cut joints in his wrists/hands and this weird peg-rotating
joint in his elbow/forearm area. He has a similar joint in his knees. The
latter helps to compensate for his lack of ankle rotation, but
enables his knees and elbows to bend at the strangest angles!
His hands are molded gloves
with only wrist rotation for movement. The hands are smaller, and therefore,
more realistically proportioned then previous figures from this line.
Accessories - ***
The "Ranger" figure has a decent variety of accessories: An M203
rifle/grenade launcher with a detachable scope & spare ammo clip, a
molded plastic backpack with an attached foam-rubber bedroll, a web belt, 3
different molded pouches, a molded canteen, binoculars, and a swell
3-color desert camo fatigue cap!
The rifle is not very detailed,
and looks extremely "toy-like". The pouches for the web belt don't
really follow any particular rhyme or reason (a matching pair of both ammo
pouches and canteens would have been more in order!) The painted details on the
pouches and the molded backpack were very well done. The molded fatigue cap is
among the best I've seen! It fits snuggly on the dome, and the paint
camo scheme paint colors matche his uniform well.
Outfit - ***
Okay, the 3-color desert camo fatigues are among the best 1/6 scale fatigues
I've ever seen! The colors are superb, the stitching is excellent, the
details are true-to-life! However, I gotta drop off a star for the boots!
Although the boots more detailed, feature a modest attempt at weathering,
and are a definite improvement over M&C Toys previous Power Team boots,
they are still pretty basic! They still lack a definitive "right"
and "left" in their pairing, and make the figure's feet look
awkward. For consummate kit-bashers, however, the fatigues alone are
certainly worth the $7.99 total price of the figure!
Value - ****
It's a rarity to be able to purchase a figure with this much articulation,
this much uniform detail, and this many accessories for under $20. Rarer
still is scoring one for under $10! With "Peace Keepers" carded
uniform sets featuring the same uniforms as the boxed action figures
retailing for $6.99, Buying the complete figure for only $1 more make
complete sense! The price point would also appeal to kids who will make use
of these figures in backyards and sand boxes as well as to adult customizers.
Overall - ***
There are only a few small let-downs for this figure: The lame boots,
the cheap looking rifle, and the mix-match ammo pouches. The figure is a bit
taller than the Classic Collection GI Joes I'm used to, so he would add some
decent variety for those of you who create custom teams or squads.
However, his head is rather large and bulbous, so I'm afraid most other 1/6
scale brands of headgear won't fit on his big knot!
Where to Buy:
Kay Bee Toys and Big Lots discount stores are your best bets!
The Rater: Hutt
Wigley resides in Boise, 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. Joes.
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