Men of Honor

Mark D. has provided a few guest reviews in the past, and I always enjoy them.  This time around it's the huge - huge - Men of Honor figures.  Take it away, Mark!

This is the "Men of Honor" (MOH) figure by "Top Shelf Collectibles". You may have seen these guys on the shelf at Toys R Us. They're a little hard to miss…They're 2 foot tall!!…That's right, a 1/3 scale action figure. They've been out for quite a while but are now becoming easier to get because of a drastic price drop and transfer from TRU to the shelves in Kay Bee outlet stores at a greatly reduced price. The original two figures were this US Army Air Corp NCO and the US Navy Radio Operator. A third figure of a dress Marine has been issued and I believe there may be a fourth in the line, but I haven't seen him.

Packaging - ***
If you've ever read my reviews before, you know that boxes are nothing more than functional transportation vessels to me. I immediately rip them apart to get at the goodies inside. However, this box does feature great graphics and photos. The figure is secured in the box with a form fitting plastic shield and the other accessories can be viewed through a flap on the front. Overall, an attractive package.

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 ( 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 or visit his site at


Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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