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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Wave 2

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Wave 2

I sit here, excitedly on the verge of PulseCon 2020, eagerly awaiting G.I. Joe news this weekend and have finally gotten some time to post updated reviews of G.I. Joe: Classified.

Wave 2 is my next target, featuring Gung Ho, COBRA Commander and Red Ninja! Another solid wave of fun figures with classic twists and awesome modernization. It seems like each figure is just furthering my love of this line, and something tells me that will only increase with whatever reveals we might see this weekend.

Once again a really fun time to be a G.I. Joe fan!

Check out the latest reviews at the G.I. Joe: Classified Review Page or the direct links below:

G.I. Joe: Classified latest reveals – Wave 2 and more!

G.I. Joe: Classified latest reveals – Wave 2 and more!

Well, today was the day! At 12:30pm Eastern Lenny and Roni from Hasbro hosted the first ever “Fan First Friday” event on Hasbro Pulse for the G.I. Joe brand!

I was fortunate enough to piggy back on The Full Force as we watched it all unfold, then posted a great Facebook Live video directly afterwards, running through the good, the bad and the ugly (spoilers — not much ugly, even with Destro’s leopard print cape.

Head on over to The Full Force Facebook Page for all the skinny.

Meanwhile, Hasbro representatives broke it down with a ton of details and images for Wave 2 of the G.I. Joe Classified line as well as the special collector exclusive “Regal” COBRA Commander (in light blue and gold), the exclusive Profit Director Destro, and the Amazon exclusive Arctic Storm Shadow (with a nice Ninja Force homage!)

Check out the full details and the images below!

For G.I. JOE fans new and old, the G.I. JOE Classified Series line of actions figures captures the pulse-pounding excitement of G.I. JOE in a 6-inch scale. Here is a list of G.I. JOE Classified Series actions figures that were featured today including pricing, timing and availability:

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Cobra Commander Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: November 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from Dan Mumford

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and participating retailers

  • G.I. Joe Classified Series Cobra Commander Regal Variant Light Blue Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: December 15, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from Dan Mumford

Pre-orders begin on June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse 

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Gung Ho Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: November 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from James Paick

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and participating retailers

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Red Ninja Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: November 1, 2020)

*Collectible Package custom artwork from Furio Tedeschi

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and participating retailers

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Profit Director Destro Action Figure

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: October 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from James White

Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT at Hasbro Pulse and Big Bad Toy Store

  • G.I. JOE Classified Series Arctic Mission Storm Shadow Action Figure *AMAZON EXCLUSIVE*

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 / Available: October 1, 2020)

*Collectible package custom artwork from Melita Curphy

 Pre-orders begin June 26, 2020 at 1PM EDT exclusively at Amazon.com.

In addition to these newly revealed figures, fans can pre-order exclusive G.I. JOE products at Gamestop (Cobra Commander Helmet and Snake Eyes Helmet) and Symbiote Studios (Timber Silence Shirt).

G.I. Joe: War on COBRA brings Gung Ho to the roster

G.I. Joe: War on COBRA brings Gung Ho to the roster

Well, technically he’s always been on the roster, but not until you reach Tier 5, which is a veeerrry steep hill to climb (I’m on 3 currently).

Coming to the next event in the G.I. Joe: War on COBRA mobile game is Gung Ho! With Gung Ho on the COBRA side of the fence are the Shrike drones.

I’ve gotta be honest here– I am LOVING this game so far, even though I missed my shot at COBRA Commander a few events back… beyond that small frustration, the events are fun, the character models are great, and it really feels like you’re playing in the G.I. Joe sandbox. I hope to provide a more in depth review some point soon.

If you like what you see, go download the game now!

COMING THIS WEEK TO G.I. JOE: WAR ON COBRA

Don’t miss the Explosive Personality or Shrike Strike events for a chance at Gung Ho or the ALL-NEW Shrike Drones! Complete challenges for even more War on Cobra content like Diamonds, Credits, Cargo Boxes and more!

Events Start: February 28, 2020 @ 2:00 AM UTC

Events End: March 5, 2020 @ 11:59 PM UTC

GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Gung Ho and Shadow Guard

Saving the best for last?

Like his fellow Marine, Leatherneck last year, Gung Ho was overdue for an updated modern figure, though many would argue Gung Ho’s need was far more drastic than his 1986 era teammate. I would agree.

I think most of us would also agree that Gung Ho’s update meets all of those lofty expectations.

Check out my 50th Anniversary Review Page for the latest, or click the links below.

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G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Gung Ho

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So this is it…as much as Destro and Leatherneck were the stars of the show for the first go round of the 50th Anniversary, this second wave was all about Storm Shadow and Gung Ho, with most of the focus squarely on G.I. Joe’s first Marine.  So, what’s the verdict?

Pretty excellent, in truth.  Nearly perfect, I dare say.

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Leveraging the sculpting skills of Fred Aczon, now of Boss Fight Studio, Gung Ho is a work of art from a sculpting standpoint.  I believe the figure is brand new from head to toe, standing tall and wide in stature, as the classic character should. Interestingly, he’s not quite as tall as Leatherneck or Destro, but stands somewhere in between those two and more “normal” sized figures.  I still find it amazing that Gung Ho was deemed important enough to be included in the first 25th Anniversary 5-Pack, but somehow not important enough to be re-released in his classic visage ever since.  There were a few other versions of the character interjected into various lines, but none that really did the character justice.  This one does, in spades.

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The new head sculpt is chock full of great character, with the handlebar moustache and the familiar Marine cap.  The torso and arms look great, and the legs are great, too, allowing Gung Ho to stand tall and sturdy.  Leg joints and plastic quality feel better than we got with Destro last year with a functional holster and knife sheath on the boot.  At this point we have several different great legs for these tall characters, and kudos to Hasbro for not just re-using Roadblock or Destro this time around.

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Paint applications are good, looking very much like the classic ‘83 version of this character in a similar powder blue camouflage.  The Marine Corps tattoo on his chest is incredibly well done, too.  It’s huge on his chest and covers some serious real estate, not just kind of tossed on there as the ‘07 version was.  This Gung Ho is prouder than ever of his Marine Corps heritage!

Accessories

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The Joe Marine comes with a ton of gear including a great looking newly tooled vest, a re-released grenade launcher, mini gun w/ backpack, pistol and knife.  He also has Duke’s smaller, paratrooper format M-249 SAW heavy machine gun for good measure.  Yeah, Gung Ho is pretty strapped, and the gear is really nice.  I would have loved to have seen a slightly more normal assault rifle for standard military operations, but who can complain?  I’ve got plenty of extra gear to go around.

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Just as the tall and imposing Destro and Leatherneck figures were last year, this rendition of Gung Ho is the star of the second series of 50th Anniversary figures, and he deserves his place in the limelight.  There is almost no possible place for complaint with the figure, as its design and execution are both top notch, giving us one heck of a great new version of the G.I. Joe Marine.  Sure, it took us eight years to get a new version of the classic Gung Ho character, but some might say it was worth the wait.  He is truly stellar.  My hope at this point is that they take this figure and redeco him in some more realistic camouflage for the Marvel issue #39 era of jungle operations.  This version of Gung Ho would look pretty spectacular in more realistically colored camouflage.

50th Anniversary Gung Ho
  • Character
  • Sculpt
  • Articulation
  • Paint Deco
  • Accessories
4.9

Summary

With all the great sculpting and none of the plastic quality issues as last year’s 50th Anniversary series, Gung Ho stands at the top of the mountain this year. It almost makes the eight year wait worthwhile. Very little to complain about with this fantastic figure. There are some nitpicks, but they’re very small, and as a whole, this is one heck of a great 1:18 action figure.

Pros

1 – Spectacular sculpting
2 – All new figure from head to toe
3 – Represents a key character that was badly in need of an update
4 – Large stature to reflect Gung Ho’s imposing presence

Cons

1 – Minor paint quibbles. Tattoo is a bit large, some camouflage pattern paint mess

2 – The fact that the Gung Ho/Shadow Guard pack wasn’t packed more than just one per case