I admitted a while back that Hasbro’s Pursuit of Cobra GI Joe sub line hasn’t done much for me. Truth be told, since the 25th celebration started I’ve acquired literally hundreds of GI Joes. It becomes harder and harder for me to justify each new Joe purchase. There are some things I can’t refuse, but most of what was presented with the first few lineups of POC I could pass on. Unlike a lot of people, I bought a fair amount of ROC product. So the transition to “more realistic GI Joes” with POC wasn’t new territory to me. While some are heralding it as the greatest era of Joes ever, I’m still attracted more to the fantastical 25th designs.
That said there were a few figures I really wanted, like the new Cobra Commander with the chrome mask, which I bought and Low-Light, which I have yet to see. I originally thought I wanted the new Snake Eyes, but upon seeing him the other day I realized that I don’t need another Snake Eyes. So what’s the point of all this? Well Hasbro sent along some beauty shots of the new POC wave a while back and I just now got around to checking them out. There are some great figures here and even a few I may pick up. Let’s check em’ out.
The Cobras have a few more interesting figures. While I really don’t need anymore basic Cobra Troopers or Vipers, I’ll likely pick up a small squad of each. Same could really be said for the Jungle BATs, but I appreciate that at least this is a new take on them entirely. Cobra Commander does little for me, but he might be more appealing in person. I’m pretty disappointed in the Rock Viper, as that was a figure I had as a kid and I don’t see a ton of resemblance here. The new Iron Grenadier is worth a pickup for me, but only maybe 2 to be like, shock troopers or something. I don’t really need another repaint of the Croc Master, but I may pick one up.
The Joes have slightly less interesting stuff in my view. The new Hawk does nothing for me, but those craving a super realistic Hawk may appreciate it. I never did pick up Blowtorch, so perhaps the slightly muted colors will make me grab him finally. Crazy Legs wasn’t exactly high on my list, but I like the figure. Snake Eyes is an easy pass for me, although he could be retooled into a 3 3/4 Shredder figure pretty easily. I was never a fan of the Steel Brigade, but I might actually pick up one or two.
So how about you guys? Any of these new figures exciting you? What’s your feelings on GI Joe right now? I feel like the first few waves of POC were way too different for me and I like that this wave is at least, a little bit closer to the 25th line. I love all the accessories, but for me it has to be slightly more character and design driven.