Sculpting - ***1/2
The head sculpt is great. It is somewhere between a realistic human sculpt
and those you'd see in an action cartoon. He's got a determined, if not PO'd
look on his face. Modeling in 1/3 scale allows for better detail. You can
even see pores on this guy's cheekbones. He's even got a freshly stitched
cut above his right eye.
Paint - ***
The head is the only thing is the only thing that is really painted. They
did a fairly decent job on this head. The edges are nice and crisp but there
really isn't any blending or shading. It's pretty much solid colors, which
adds to the cartoon feel.
Articulation - ***
The MOH figure has very decent articulation. He's got 14 points of
articulation at the main joints. The joints that are articulated are nicely
done. They allow a lot of movement and hold the poses very well. I didn't
count the hands as articulation points. Each hand features five flexible
hands that can hold the weapons pretty well.
Accessories - ****
This is where this guy shines. Besides a tank top t-shirt nicely stitched
khaki pants and shirt, his uniform consists of nicely detailed boots, spats
and doughboy helmet. He's even wearing a pair of boxer shorts!! He has scale
dog tags, a nice belt with great working buckle, web belt with holster and 4
ammo pouches. The weapons are incredible and are probably the nicest parts
of this set. He has a 1903 Springfield rifle that looks great. It is plastic
with such a realistic wood grain pattern and paint job that I had to check
very closely to make sure it was plastic. The parts that should be metal are
metal and features working bolt and trigger. The rifle comes with one
5-round clip. The individual metal rounds can even be removed from the clip,
however, they cannot be inserted into the weapon. The figure comes with a
bayonet that can be attached to the rifle, making it 20" long when
attached, or put in scabbard you can attach to the belt. The figure comes
with two M1911 .45 pistols that are a combination of metal and plastic. The
pistols feature working slides, hammer and triggers and removable magazines.
The slides actually lock the hammers back until you pull the trigger. There
are also two spare magazines in the web pouches. As a side bonus, the set
comes with a set of 1:1 dog tags and a replica Bronze Star. Both are fairly
nice pieces of equipment.
Value - ****
These guys were originally only available at TRU for $80. Collectors scoffed
at the price and odd size and they languished on the shelves. At that price
I'd give it a **. The quality was incredible, but the higher price and
oddball size made it undesirable. Since TRU couldn't unload them, they were
shipped to the Kay Bee Outlet stores where they were re-priced to $25, an
excellent price for this figure, making it a ****. My goal is to get the
head flocked and have my own 1/3 scale Adventure Team figure to go along
with the rest of my vintage AT collection. Craig Blankenship at Club Hair
for Joe sells the heads and complete sets for transformation. (see the photo
at the bottom!)
Overall - ***1/2
This figure is an oddity. When they first showed up I really wanted one
but had no idea what was going to do with it. Luckily the $80 price tag made
me leave him on the shelf. When he hit $25, I succumbed to my toy addiction
and bought him.
Where to Buy -
TRU still has them on the shelves collecting dust. If you have a Kay
Bee outlet near you can get them for the discounted price.
About 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 or visit
his site at www.the-precinct.com.