It's the rise of the Toy Shed with Zechs looking at the Toys R Us exclusives from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Honestly, this whole year has disappointed me somewhat when it should have been an awesome year for a kid. You have toys of Star Trek, Terminator, G.I. Joe, and Transformers out. Yet, guess what? Given how much companies think kids are idiots they've canceled or delayed other lines from the same series (namely Transformers Animated which as both series and cartoon both gone for good and G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary which won't return MAYBE until next year). Then we get the truly awful adaptations that make last years Indiana Jones toy line look tame with Star Trek and Terminator merchandise. Some of the figures and molds coming from these lines just make's you wonder what is up with the Toy manufacture approving these awful looking figures and not choosing a better design? In any case, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toy line has been the best of the toys released this year. Though I haven't bought a single figure, but from what I've seen via pictures on the internet Megatron, Soundwave, Starscream, and Optimus Prime in various classes have been quite stellar. Now on July 6, we get the final major toys of the summer hitting the stores, G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra.
Honestly, as such with some of my issues with the first two releases of this summer I've have the same issues of this line as well. Some of the figure molds just utterly fail at trying too hard to capture the actor portraying the character we get some massive deformities (Baroness and Scarlett namely). On the other hand, you get some nice looking figures but suffer from what plagued G.I. Joe toys in the early to mid 1990s, the weaponry. Guns that are so huge their figure can barely hold them in two hands or they're just too damn small that they'll get easily lost. Not to mention get the massive bazookas that are so huge barely hold onto the character if you pose them trying to aim it.
But I digress, there have been some figures from this line that I am eager to get my hands on and see just how good they are. Namely the Zartan, the Doctor, and Toys R Us exclusive Firefly. While the first two are kinda hard to find (Zartan) or haven't been released yet (Doctor). Firefly on the other hand amongst the three jumped out as something I had to buy no matter what. Sure he and the other exclusive only available at Toys R Us are repaints of figures (I might be wrong. But I could have sworn the Firefly from this is nothing more than a repaint of mold used of the character in the Firefly/Storm Shadow two-pack. Barbecue is most definitely a repaint, but gets more accessories then the first time he was released in the 25th line. So if you don't have him before check him out). Regardless just the massive amount of accessories that this figure come's with (explosives, knife, assault rifle with two removable clips, gasoline canister, backpack, man purse, flashlight, goggles, wire clippers, and massive bazooka). With so many freaking things how can one who isn't a fan of the collection not avoid this figure?
But is the actual figure truly worth it? I have to say, yes. From the paint job to the little details on the figure are all-awesome. If this was a re-used mold, they chose a good one. The hands on the figure easily grip whatever item he come's with. Even more they feel actually made for the character and not tacked on (Movie Viper weapons I'm looking at you). About the only thing wrong with the figure is his feet are so darn small and it took some effort to put him onto the little stand every figure is given. Speaking of the stand I have to admit it's a nice little touch by making it a dog tag.
Really the feet are about the only thing wrong about the figure I can give. Though considering the mold for said area Hasbro used it's quite easy to see why they turned out this way. Still, they don't distract the figure at all. The posablity of this figure matches the 25th Anniversary line of perfection. So really, for those fans of that series this Firefly figure should be tracked down. All and all I really must say I was really pleased with this figure. Hopefully the other ones I'm looking forward too are as awesome as this one.
Rise of Cobra- Toys R Us Exclusive Firefly: MUST BUY!
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About the Author - Zechs
Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.
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