Another day, another G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary review! Just as first reports of this line being found at retail have hit, the reviews are moving full steam ahead.
Today I’ll be covering the “Battle Below Zero” vehicle set, which contains the Cobra Wolf w/ Ice Viper against the Ghost Hawk w/ Snake Eyes! Check out my G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or just click the links below.
- Ghost Hawk w/ Snake Eyes (Battle Below Zero)
- Cobra Wolf w/ Ice Viper (Battle Below Zero)
I know it may not be popular, but I LOVE that it’s the vintage tooling. Sure, I’d love new-sculpt vehicles like the Water Moccasin and Ghost Hawk, But if they’re just retooling, I’d rather they skip it, charge less and give us the vintage reissue.
It never ceases to amaze me that Hasbro can continuously give so little consideration to aesthetics and/or human anatomy in utilising their library of body-parts, especially here in the case of Snake Eyes, who already had a head that was made to fit that specific body and looked perfectly fine atop it, but no, we’ve got to stick the arctic Snake Eyes head that was specifically made to fit the near-neckless RoC Snake Eyes torso, resulting in an egregious giraffe neck, and why? Because otherwise consumers wouldn’t realise that this was supposed to be an arctic environment version of Snake Eyes?
Good thing I’ve got an extra of the original PoC version handy…
Also, I’m fairly certain that those are the same sai that came with Paris Pursuit Storm Shadow.
The set does stay true to Snake Eyes. He has been identified as one of the polar/survival experts of the Joe team. Are there not a bunch of Snake Eyes figures with arctic gear? And even in the live action films, Snake Eyes was in the arctic and mountains.
With the WOLF, you mentioned the previously thought destroyed vintage molds.
I wonder if this is a hanger-on mold that was going to be with the GIJCC two-pack oring series at some point?
Think about the Ferret (1984) vehicle, or the Warthog (1988) vehicle being used. Near as I can visually see, these are still usable tooling sets, I see no reason why fully functional manufacturing parts would be destroyed or scrapped.
I can see from the owners perspective that getting rid of the ones that are just far too gone or too expensive to keep or repair, but the statement from the owners years ago that it was all destroyed seems too convenient.
The molds for this stuff aren’t small and take up a lot of space. Space isn’t free.
It’s Sci-Fi’s sworn enemy, Sai Thigh!