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If this figure ends up half as amazing as it looks, Sideshow Collectibles G.I. Joe fans should be extremely happy.

In recent years, Sideshow has pretty much gone the repaint route when it comes to their SDCC Exclusives.  From the Jungle themed Red Ninja to the Crimson Cobra Commander, while they’ve added some awesome new accessories, most of the figure has just been a repeat of one already done.

While technically the same is true of this Lt. Falcon figure, the end result is…well, almost breathtaking.  This is a modern militarized update to a classic G.I. Joe figure and a picture perfect example of how redesigns should be done.  Sideshow Collectibles takes mostly existing parts from previous G.I. Joe releases, but combines them with some added new accessories and the end result is a stellar update to one of my favorite characters, Lt. Falcon.

Gone are the days where a Don Johnson voiced “gold-plated goof off” took a beloved character (to me) and almost ruined him.  Sideshow Collectibles has taken the character, totally resuscitated him and catapulted him into the 21st Century.  That new “battle hardened” head sculpt is amazingly cool.  Many folks have noted a slight resemblance to Channing Tatum, and yes, I can see that, too…and if you subscribe to the notion that Falcon is Duke’s half-brother, I find absolutely nothing wrong that that tribute.  It’s not overly obvious, and in my opinion it does nothing to negate any of the coolness of this figure.

A huge kudos goes out to Now Back to G.I. Joe as well, who was able to partner with Sideshow Collectibles to bring a full blown in hand review of this excellent figure to the masses before SDCC even hit.  A ton of fantastic pictures and some great written details…they knocked this one out of the park.

Check out the review right here.  I’ve mirrored just a couple of images below, but the review has a ton more that you will want to check out for yourself.  Also, be sure to follow Now Back to G.I. Joe on Twitter as well as Jose G. to stay nice and up to date with some terrific G.I. Joe content.

This is good stuff.

Also make sure you stay tuned to Sideshow’s SDCC Page so you can pre-order this guy when  he becomes available.  Even if you’re not going to SDCC, you can still place the order!

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