Toy Review: G.I. Joe Combat Heroes Wave 3 – Shipwreck & Crimson Guard

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I find it somewhat ironic that Canada was able to get the third wave of G.I. Joe Combat Heroes but it was unable to find a home on American store shelves. Not because I don’t think Canada is deserving, but G.I. Joe are the Real American Heroes and they represent the American military!

The last year hasn’t been too kind Shipwreck. He was notably absent from the movie and then didn’t get a release in the Combat Heroes until now. A member of the Navy, Shipwreck looks like a sailor. His outfit is a spot-on representation of his classic look: navy pants, light blue shirt, white cap and his green parrot, Polly. The sculpt is well done with his manly beard and impressive looking handheld double barreled shotgun.

The paint applications look very good too. There is a tiny bit of slop where his sleeves meet his arms, but the rest of the applications look great. His tiny Navy emblem on his left arm and anchor tattoo both are cleanly applied. There is a single oddity about his paint though: the wave of hair peaking out from under his hat. That single curl is black for some reason, while the rest of his hair is blatantly brown, a reverse of Gung Ho’s odd facial hair coloring. Shipwreck’s articulation is minimal, just his left arm and neck. The rest of him is a single hunk of plastic with Polly glued in place.

The other figure would have been perfect for army building, the Crimson Guard (also known as Siegie after C.G.). Of all of Cobra’s troops, these are the ones I find most interesting, both in terms of history and appearance. While most of Cobra’s goons are nobodies, the Crimson Guard is made up of only two types of people: lawyers and accountants. In addition to being some of the best trained troops Cobra has to offer, they are also highly influential individuals that carry out covert assaults through non-combative methods. If Cobra wants to weaken trade barriers or pass legislation limiting funding to the Joes, these are the troops that do it. And they do it with a pen, not a gun.

As a figure, they look exceptional. He’s elaborately detailed, everything from the buttons on their jackets to pouches on their boots. His rifle has a bayonet attached to the tip and it comfortably rests in both his hands. His mask is very well done, as it completely covers his face and makes him look like an imposing figure. Even his backpack looks fantastic. But any toy collector knows that a good sculpt can be ruined by bad paint but the Crimson Guard has almost flawless paint applications.

The silver details on his shoulders, wrists and chest are clean, while the cord over his right shoulder is gold. His boots are painted glossy which helps make them look like they’re supposed to be a different material while the rest of his is painted flat. The only flaw in the paint is his belt, which isn’t fully painted wide enough on his right side – but you don’t even notice because his pose blocks most of it.

The Crimson Guard has a surprising amount of articulation: waist, arms, neck and left wrist. His arms are slightly limited by his shoulder pads along with his neck. His left wrist allows for a few poses but doesn’t do much. The only other issue with the figure is his size. The Crimson Guard just feels too short in comparison to Shipwreck. His hunched back and squatting stance make him about half a head shorter.

As a two-pack, both of these characters are excellent additions to the Combat Heroes line. None of the flaws that Gung Ho had appeared here and both characters looking great and being treated well by the style. It’s just a shame that Tomax and Xamot never got released to lead the Crimson Guards.

G.I. Joe Combat Heroes Wave 3
Snake Eyes vs Cobra ViperGung Ho vs Hooded Cobra Commander – Shipwreck vs Crimson Guard – Lady Jaye vs Major Bludd

Written by jestergoblin

February 23rd, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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