G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes Review: Heavy Duty & Storm Shadow

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I’ve been putting off these G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes reviews because I haven’t had time to go back and rewatch the film (along with its appropriate prequel, 500 Days of Summer) for the grandest movie of all time: G.I. Joe 500 Days of the Rise of Cobra. It casts Cobra Commander in a completely different light. But this pack doesn’t have the evil leader; instead it’s got a ninja and Mr. Eko.

On the side of the Joes is a guy who totally isn’t Roadblock but instead is Heavy Duty. If I hadn’t been paying attention, I would have just assumed that this guy was Roadblock. After all, he’s a big black guy hold a giant chain gun.

Heavy Duty was a member of the British Armed Forces and had a giant gun. That’s all the characterization of him I remember. Heavy Duty is wearing the standard G.I. Joe team suit in black and silver with various plates and padding on it. It matches up with what Duke got to wear. The pose is okay, with his right hand in a fist while his left holds his massive gun. The gun is linked to his exceptionally thin backpack which means he’s barely mobile. Heavy Duty moves at the shoulders and neck.

The face sculpt isn’t great. Since he was played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, most famous for his role as Mr. Eko in LOST, it’s a face that’s rather recognizable but here’s it’s rather generic.

On the opposing side is the white ninja, Storm Shadow! I’ve gushed about Storm Shadow more than once already, so getting a new version of him has an absurdly high expectation to live up to. Storm Shadow is in his “modern” ninja costume, which is just a trench coat, wrapped forearms, baggy pants and, from the looks of it, a pair of Adidas. It’s a fine update and matches the film.

But Storm Shadow has sacrificed articulation in exchange for a dynamic sculpt. He only moves at the left shoulder and neck, and even the neck is at an odd angle so it’s not very useable. Storm Shadow is gripping his sheathed sword on his back while brandishing his other blade. It’s all good, but he can’t get out of this pose.

The paint is almost non-existent. The whole figure is solid white except for his brow, finger tips and swords. Mine got a very large eyebrow that looks weird but the rest of the paint is fine. As for looking like the actor Byung-Hun Lee, it’s impossible to tell because his face is covered.

This pack isn’t bad, especially since I got it for absurdly cheap on clearance. For kids who liked the movie, it’s well done and the figures are recognizable enough. So while Baroness got a great upgrade for the movie line, Storm Shadow got a downgrade.

G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes Wave 1
Duke & the BaronessRipcord & Destro
Storm Shadow & Heavy DutyDuke & Cobra Commander
Neo-Viper & Snake EyesGeneral Hawk & Cobra Viper

Written by jestergoblin

August 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 am

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