Combat Heroes Review: Wild Bill & Ripcord

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When the cartoon-themed Combat Heroes line got canceled, several figures had been revealed that never made it into stores. But Hasbro figured out a way to at least get everyone’s favorite pilot released in the movie line, even if he never showed up in the film.

G.I. Joe may be a special task force designed to fight terrorist organizations, but not everyone is some super-ninja-warrior – you also need every day troops like pilots to get the job done. And that’s where Wild Bill comes in. While he’s dressed like a cowboy, Wild Bill is G.I. Joe’s best pilot and the man you want to get you from point A to point B while fighting Cobra. Of course, you wouldn’t know any of that by looking at this figure.

Wild Bill is wearing the standard issue blue urban camouflage like Cover Girl. Sure, the colors don’t exactly make any sense. Wearing a vest, baggy cargo pants and some kind of black undershirt, Wild Bill clearly shows how lax the dress code is. In each hand, Bill is holding a revolver. So he may not look like a pilot, but he definitely looks like he’s ready for a bawl.

Bill’s smile is mostly hidden behind his mustache while the rest of his face is hidden by a pair of silver aviators. His jaw is strong, but he seems to be missing his neck. For articulation, Wild Bill has the four major joints at the shoulders, neck and waist.

Ripcord is back again, but this time he’s in his accelerator suit! When first shown in the trailers, most people thought there was a little bit too much Iron Man in G.I. Joe but in the actual movie, they were only used for one scene.

Ripcord’s armored suit looks incredible. The design is intricate and the wrist mounted missile launchers look fantastic. But the proportions seem kind of off. The hands, helmet and feet all seem to belong to different sized toys. The head looks good, but is way too big for the body. The visor doesn’t do much either. Ripcord moves at the shoulders, waist and neck.

The paint is sloppy on Ripcord though. His silver kneepads bleed all over the place and the dark blue arms have weak coverage. Even the G.I. Joe emblem on his chest looks off. But the paint on his face is very well done, though the mustache seems a little thin.

For fans of classic G.I. Joe, this is a fine addition to the gang with Wild Bill. But for kids, this pack really excels. You’ve got Ripcord in an armored suit and Wild Bill dressed like a cowboy. A robot and a cowboy sound like a fantastically fun pairing.

Written by jestergoblin

December 18th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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