Movie Combat Heroes Review: Scarlett & Cobra Neo-Viper

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The first wave of the G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes did a pretty good job of getting all the major players, but there was one glaring omission: the lovely Scarlett! Luckily, wave 2 remedied this and provided the adorable redhead.

Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara has gotten two Combat Heroes figures already, but this one of her is all new. Dressed in her impact suit, Scarlett has a similar pose as before with her compact crossbow drawn. But this time around, she can balance it with both hands which is a good look that helps set her apart.

But Scarlett is really, really skinny – especially for a girl who is supposed to be covered in body armor. Her spindly arms look like they can barely support her oversized crossbow, while her legs just look way too skinny. Just an extra quarter of a centimeter would have gone a long way to help fill her out. Scarlett moves at the shoulders and neck.

Scarlett’s head is very well done. Her slight smirk looks great along with the pulled back pony tail. But what I like most is the fact that she isn’t wearing make up. Some characters can really pull off the look, and this one does it wonderfully. But it just makes sense; a girl in a covert military operation probably won’t be putting on makeup before a big fight. The rest of the paint is fine; she’s mostly black with some gray details. Her pistol and crossbow are metallic light blue. Oddly, she doesn’t have a G.I. Joe emblem on her.

Cobra is always filling out their ranks with Troopers, Vipers and Neo-Vipers. For some reason, the packaging claims this is an armored Neo-Viper but the figure looks near identical to the Cobra Viper instead. Could be a mistake, or Cobra may have more subtlety than I originally thought (but probably not).

While the figure looks very similar to the Cobra Viper that got released with Hawk, it’s an entirely new sculpt. Posed to look like he’s guarding, the Neo-Viper is standing upright with his gun at his side. Oddly enough, his pinky is out, so you know he’s a classy guard. For the most part, though the Neo-Viper just looks like a slightly different Cobra Viper.

The biggest difference is the face. Instead of looking like a metal skull, it looks more like a metal alien head. The Neo-Viper moves at the shoulders, waist and neck. The paint isn’t terribly exciting, he’s just a bunch of black, gray and silver with little else but it works well for what he’s supposed to be. All the paint is clean and crisp.

I love when army builders get packed with different characters. This way, if you buy a few packs you’ll have a squadron of Vipers to guard Cobra Commander without ending up with too many duplicates. As for Scarlett, she’s good and there’s a lot about her that I like but the skinniness of the figure bothers me.

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Written by jestergoblin

October 12th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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