GI Joe (25th Anniversary Style)
GI Joe Collector’s Club Exclusive
4 Inch Scale
$45.00 (price varies on secondary market)
Earlier this year I reviewed the GI Joe Collector’s Club 12 Inch Exclusive Man of Evil figure. It was one of two exclusives that were membership incentives. The other figure is today’s review, a 25th Anniversary style 3 3/4 inch Footloose figure.
I’d be lying to you if I told you that Footloose was generally of any interest to me. Aside from his appearance in the cartoon where he was shown having a stone pillar fall on him in every episode’s credits, he wasn’t particularly memorable to me. I’m sure he’s somebody’s favorite though, as GI Joe has a great huge pantheon of characters that appeal to lots of different folks.
But as an example, Footloose ranks below guys like Repeater to me. These GIJCC membership figures have become incredibly popular. Last year’s figure, Dial-Tone, is virtually impossible to score on the secondary market and Footloose is starting to become the same way. So if you’re going to plunk down some serious change for him, is he worth it?
If you got this guy from the Club as your free membership figure, he came in a simple bag. No packaging whatsoever.
However for the GI Joe Convention and for a brief sale on the Club store, they had Footloose up for sale packaged. This means that his packaged figure is worth a LOT more than just the regular version. The number produced in package is much, much smaller, so the value of cardboard and plastic just went through the roof. The package itself is standard Joe fare, though the cardboard backer might be a bit weaker. The back doesn’t show any other figures but does have a bigger version of the Footloose illustration.
One minor advantage of the membership version is that he came with his filecard as a separate piece.
Footloose is a “FrankenJoe” which really shouldn’t surprise anyone. That essentially means that he’s made up of previous GI Joe figure parts and cobbled into a new character. This used to be sacrilege back in the day when toy companies did this, but in the modern era of Joe it’s so commonplace that no one even bats an eyelash.
Truth be told, there’s no reason to get upset here anyway. Footloose is one of the finest examples of mix and match parts to come down the line in a while. Everything fits together seamlessly and he uses parts from some rarer figures as well, like the SDCC Exclusive Sgt. Slaughter, who provided part of the legs.
Even his head is a reuse, as he has the Lt. Claymore head sculpt from the 2011 Convention Exclusive set. Of course that set was produced in even smaller quantities than this figure, so you can practically count the number of people who have Claymore in their collections on your hand. This is a clever reuse anyway, as Claymore and Footloose actually shared a head sculpt in the vintage Joe line as well.
His outfit is nice, with crisp, clean paint applications. His coloring is slightly more muted than the vintage figure, but it definitely looks good regardless. He’s a really beautiful figure and he screams GI Joe. This is one of those guys who you’d love to pick up if this line was still at Walmart.
Compared to the recent Retaliation figures, his extra articulation and more advanced paint applications just remind you how much GI Joe as a toyline is suddenly moving backwards, instead of forward. Such is the way of cost cutting, I suppose.
If I had any real complaints it would be that his web gear is a bit cumbersome and can move around into funky positions at times. Likewise, his helmet is just a tad oversized… Though truth be told, so was the vintage figure’s.
GI Joe figures have tons of articulation or at least they did until the Retaliation line came out. Footloose builds upon the 30th Anniversary figures, which just built upon the 25th Anniversary style. He’s got joints on top of joints.
You don’t realize how much you miss these things, until you don’t have them anymore. The side to side movement in the legs is great, particularly because of the double jointed knees and ankle swivel hinges. It allows you to get him in some unique deep crouching positions, that just aren’t possible with the newer gimped articulation guys.
He’s easily possible and there’s a lot you can do. He has those extra swivel hinges at the wrists, that some of the 30th figures had and it really adds to the posing ability. You have to give the Club credit for making sure to use only the best parts. Particularly if they’re charging a premium price. I do find his hands are a little small, but they’re probably more properly scaled than I’m used to.
I would say the only problem is that his legs can get a bit loose, no pun intended, but that’s been a common problem for Joes since the first figures. It’s only really an issue when he has his big backpack on. That can make him want to fall over.
Footloose is loaded down with weapons. Don’t think just because this guy is an exclusive, that he doesn’t come ready for action.
Footloose has a ton of crap. Most of the weapons aren’t painted, but they do come in a nice gun gray. He also has a basic stand, his helmet which has a lot of great sculpting and paint applications as well as the web gear which you could consider an accessory if you wanted to.
The rocket launcher is probably Footloose’s most identifiable weapon and it’s nicely reproduced here. He can hold it quite well and little touches of paint help to make it stand out some. He also has a rocket that can be placed inside and huzzah, it doesn’t fire!
The smaller accessories like the knife and the flashlight are a great addition to this figure. He looks like he’s ready to do some survival in the jungles somewhere.
Of course those accessories are small and could easily get lost. But this is an “adult collectible” as the package says.
Footloose has a bigger gun that can fit in both hands easily. He also has a small pistol to round things out.
One neat addition is the real straps that can be found on the backpack. This really adds to the look of the backpack and it can be used to store some extra supplies. Of course that could also help them get lost, but I thought it was neat.
As a membership figure he was technically “free” with your $44 membership. Members could later buy the loose one for about $25 plus shipping and then a carded version for about $30 plus shipping. All of this is way too much for a GI Joe figure. The idea of a $40 3 3/4 GI Joe sort of repulses me. Yet that’s the name of the game these days, so if you consider that a reasonable value, the figure itself is really quite good.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 9
Paint – 9
Articulation – 10
Accessories – Gun
Value – 6
Overall – 8 out of 10
Footloose is a really great exclusive. I felt like Dial-Tone looked bad, but Footloose doesn’t. He seems like a perfect incarnation if this classic character. He’s everything I loved about the GI Joe 25th line. One of my favorite toy lines of all time.
Unfortunately Hasbro isn’t in the business of making classic 3 3/4 GI Joes anymore. Thankfully the GIJCC is, but the cost is quite the burden on an average collector. This would have been an AMAZING figure back in 2007 or so, when these figures were under $7. These days, it’s not quite the same value, but it’s still a great figure.