One of the things that the new GI Joe Rise of Cobra toys is bringing us is plenty of new Joes. That means both new characters for the GI Joe team as well as their Cobra enemies. While yesterday we reviewed a familiar face, today we’re going to take a look at a new character to the GI Joe mythos. The lovely female addition to the Joe team, Agent Helix.

Helix doesn’t appear in the movie and she’s one of the harder to find figures in the new ROC toys. Why is she so hard to find? I’d venture a guess it’s because she’s one of the nicest done GI Joes in some time. The Joe team has always had plenty of women with Scarlett being one of the original Joe members. For 1982 that was pretty unique. Cobra has always had Baroness, but that was about it. No wonder Tomax & Xamot are so fruity, but I digress.

Agent Helix joins the long line of Joe women from Covergirl to Jinx, the Joe team has just about seen every type of woman their is. Except for a “goth” woman and that seems to be where Helix fills in. She’s sculpted to look a bit like Kate Beckinsale from Underworld and it certainly creates a new look for a Joe woman.

Packaging:
Helix’s package is the same as the others in this series. Nothing too fancy, but works quite well. I noticed that inside she has a rubber band holding two of her weapons, but she is actually quite easy to pull out. That’s a plus considering how thin her limbs are. Thankfully she doesn’t get loose right out of the package. I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I’ll avoid it.

The back tells us a little bit about Helix, revealing that basically she’s a gun toting martial artist (and really what Joe isn’t these days?) but I get the feeling she’s cocky and ready to kick some Cobra butt. I could definitely see her as part of the team in that she throws a bunch of the Joe guys off, but a few others find her strangely attractive.

I really don’t have much else to say about the package. It is what it is. They are certainly growing on me.

Articulation:
Sometimes the women in Joe get the shaft (HEYOOO), in terms of articulation but Helix pretty much bucks that trend. She has a ball joined head that does have a tad bit of restriction because of her hair, but that’s to be expected. Ball jointed shoulders and Hasbrows work quite well on her arms, with a nice wrist swivel at the bottom. The wrist swivel is really well integrated into the sculpt.

She has a upper torso ball joint that is superbly well hidden as well as the t-bar ball joint crotch and double knees, finishing out with rocker ankles. Since this is a rocker chick, it’s a perfect fit! Seriously, this girl can move and since her bio basically says her special move is a whirlwind of kicks and bullets, it’s nice to have a figure with articulation that can meet that sort of demand.

Sculpt:
Agent Helix is quite possibly the best female sculpt facially that Hasbro has ever done. She really ranks up there. There might be one or two better, but she’s giving Lady Bombstrike and the 2003ish comic pack Covergirl a real run for their money. She’s easily the best looking female in the Rise of Cobra line thus far. Her face is pretty but not overly done up.


Female Joe sculpts have come a long way…

The only weakness to her face would be that her head is cast in yellow and then painted and if you’re looking from underneath sometimes you can see a tad bit of the yellow poking through. The rest of her body is perfectly sculpted with a neat vinyl or leather corset and a variety of leather buckles and straps throughout. That works for her personality which is as I mentioned before, some cross between goth and rocker girl.

She has a lot of little pouches and things sculpted along her body as well. This mold could easily be reused for a Baroness variant as it channels a bit of her as well. Paint wise it’s a nice mix of yellow, gray and black. The yellow is a very different color and something you don’t see on a lot of Joes so it mixes in nicely and gives her some diversity.

Her hair is painted in two colors, really nailing the fact that this chick is dying her hair with highlights. It reminds me a lot of the new female Dial-Tone from GI Joe: Resolute and I believe this sculpt is being reused to make her down the line. Of course, my Dial-Tone will always have a moustache. 1980’s represent!

Accessories:
Helix doesn’t come with near as much as Firefly but that doesn’t mean she’s missing out either. She has a strange sci-fi style pistol which I think fits in with her character and look. It doesn’t really fit in her hand very well, although you can make it fit.

She also has a larger blaster rifle that has a sci-fi element to it as well. Her big honkin’ missile launcher has an attachment to make it into some sort of satellite deal which is actually pretty cool and this vicious knife. The knife is like a long straight razor with a handle. Seriously, it’s like some Sweeny Todd demon barber of Fleet street stuff!


“You looking to get cut, bitch?”

Additional Notes:
Some have had some issues with her persona, saying that GI Joe has no place for goth chicks or whatever, but I find that highly ignorant of the franchise as a whole. If GI Joe can have guys running around in football and basketball jerseys, they can have a chick in vinyl with an Emo haircut. Of course jokes could be made because she comes with a razor and could be a cutter, but that’s purely happenstance!


OREO: Organic. Regional. Ethics. Operatives. The new Joe sub-team.

On a more serious note, as a kid I almost never had any female Joes. It wasn’t because of the old adage that “boys don’t buy girl figures” but because I could rarely find any good ones. Jinx was pretty much the only lady in my Joe camp as a kid and that sucked because she was fully clothed including a MASK! So it’s nice to see that the kids of today get to have some sexy ladies on their international team of freedom fighters.

Value:
She retails for $7.99, which I can tell you is a pretty good price for a piece of tail. Wait what? Err, for a GI Joe that’s a decent value. I actually lucked into picking her up in the GI Joe 2 for $10 sale, which is the greatest sale in the history of mankind. At that price her value is incredible.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – F You Up Knife, Missile Launcer w/satellite dish, TWO Hand Guns, Laser Rifle
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

Although she’s a new character and doesn’t include half the stuff that Firefly did she’s getting the same score. Although if you get her at the $5 price you can go ahead and rank Helix as a 9 out of 10. She’s not the best GI Joe figure out there, but she is one of the best female Joes in the history of the line, which makes her pretty special.


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16 Responses to GI Joe ROC: Agent Helix Figure Review

  • clark says:

    I wish I has just bought her two weeks ago when I could find her. I did not have any female joes growing up (I did have the Super Powers Wonder Woman, and a Daisy Duke though) but as you pointed out, it’s because none of them were good, they all looked like effeminate boys.

  • Anonymous says:

    Dude I hope you didn’t throw the package away yet, she’s supposed to have dual auto pistols, ie 2 in the pack. She’s looks really BA dual wieldin too

  • Ah you are correct, she does have two pistols. Thankfully I never throw away anything, lol.

    I just found her other pistol.

    Kudos!

  • Wes says:

    Mmm, hawt. Figures like this make me wish Hasbro would do a 5″ or 6″ Joe line.

  • DrNightmare says:

    Sweet, sweet Goth-girl goodness! This will be the first GI Joe figure I ever buy.

  • Sweet! You’ve been converted!

  • Anonymous says:

    This WAS the first GI JOE figure I ever bought. Followed about twenty minutes later by a Snake Eyes figure. I think I might have to add some more soon. Damnable addictions start so easily!

  • DrNightmare says:

    Gah! I bought her! Damn!

    And like you, she was followed by:

    -Scarlett (Movie, Desert Ambush)
    -Ripcord (Movie, looks like War Machine lol)
    -Scarlett & Hawk (25th Ann)
    -Cobra Officer & Crimson Guard (25th Ann)
    -Red Star & Duke (25th Ann.)
    -Snake Eyes (version 30-something lol)

    …and now I want the new 2009 Lady Jaye, dammit!

  • @Dr. Nightmare: There are two quite nice Lady Jayes in the 25th line. The DVD pack Jaye which is readily available at most TJ Maxx or similar stores as well as the 5 pack version. The 5 pack improves upon the DVD version, but if you want more cleavage lol, get the DVD pack.

    They’re both pretty good.

    The first version, released in the hat, isn’t great. Although it’s a decent update of the vintage figure.

  • DrNightmare says:

    Yarrr, I’m thinking of getting the one with higher boots, more detail on the clothing, and less cleavage showing (gasp!). I think I’m just getting less immature in my old age of early 20s, lol.

    Though I think I may get the boobs-version just to put Scarlett’s head on it 😛

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  • Anonymous says:

    i have 2 of her figures. and i think its an awesome job by Hasbro. but i hate to make any1 feel bad, but they have her figure by the dozen at my local Wal-Mart for $5 a piece. in fact, every WM in my area has GI JOE ROC figures for $5 and double pack ROC figures for $6.98. which is roughly $3.50 per figure! they’re only 3 different sets of double figures that i have seen & i own 2 of those. they are Tunnel Rat vs Monkey Wrench & Gung Ho vs CopperHead. well, until i get another check, my JOE collection is on hold. 🙁

  • Anonymous says:

    i noticed on ebay & a few other sites that Agent Helix is being sold for up to $15 NIB. i think im going to raid a few wal-marts and rack up on her figure. i might as well make some pocket change like the rest of’em.
    heh heh heh….

  • Anonymous says:

    hey, its me again, Mr.Anonymous. im sure most of you know that the heads on these figures pop right off w/no problems. point being, if you pop Agent Helix’s head on Desert Ambush Scarlett’s body, it looks even better! dont believe me, then try it for yourself. 🙂

  • Yoko says:

    @Anonymous, you are damn right about it.

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