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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Crimson Guard

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Classified Crimson Guard

I must say when I received this shipping notice last week it was the most pleasant of surprises! Seems like more often than not, the one place I pre-order from is typically the last place that actually sees stock arrive, but in this case, I guess I chose right!

Big Bad Toy Store came through with the early drop and I couldn’t be happier. Seems only appropriate I received them just as I was getting ready to write a review of Tomax and Xamot.

As always, check the G.I. Joe: Classified Review Page or click the link below — this has gotta be one of the best figures I’ve reviewed yet!

G.I. Joe: Classified – Crimson Guard

So, here it is — this is the figure you have to blame for suffering through a week of new GeneralsJoes reviews. While I’d been stacking up my new Classified figures over the period of a few weeks, I hadn’t buckled down and actually done any reviews yet– then I got the shipping notice from BBTS for my four Crimson Guards and knew it was time to get off the pot. After all, the “Siegies” are one of my all time favorite elements of the Real American Hero mythology and by all accounts, Hasbro did a spectacular job updating them for the G.I. Joe: Classified line.

The Crimson Guard are one of those characters who really came to life throughout Larry Hama’s original run of the Marvel Comics, evolving far beyond the “COBRA troopers, but in red” sense that you sometimes got in the Sunbow series. I think as time went on, the animated continuity did make some efforts to differentiate them (ironically, it seemed to be the DIC series that really went the next step in their separation, with Scoop’s role as a Crimson Guard). Throughout Marvel, you had the Fred’s making frequent appearances, with one of Snake Eyes and Stalker’s Vietnam buddies Wade Collins even falling into their ranks. Looking back at some of those runs, it’s pretty amazing how they shaped the G.I. Joe universe as we know it. Hell, one of them even donned COBRA Commander’s battle armor and took over for a time.

Though it’s interesting — while folks will immediately see the vintage inspiration in these figures, I find it necessary to point out that these Crimson Guards are not in fact quite as strictly based on the 1985 original. Instead, they seem to pull from a few different more modern iterations of the Crimson Guard. And yes, while the 25th Anniversary and more modern versions are, in their own way, faithful to the ’85 originals, there are some key differences and the Classified version seems to prefer the 25th Anniversary look and feel over the ’85 one, mostly in their choice of color scheme.


Upon first glance, it would be easy to simply say Hasbro copied the original Crimson Guard’s aesthetic for their six inch update, but in fact, that’s not entirely true. While the overall look is remarkably similar there the paint deco is much more evocative of the 25th Anniversary version of the character than the ’85 vintage.

Where the original 1985 Crimson Guard was a vibrant shade of red, most future iterations leaned more darker and matte versions of the color. I understand why, but part of me really latches onto that original brightness and wishes we could see that translated to the Classified scale. The 25th Anniversary also went with the matte red over glossy, which is one reason why I label that as more of an inspiration than the ’85 original.

The sculpting on this figure is absolutely first-rate. The various textures throughout the torso, arms and legs really accentuate a feeling of multiple layers of real material in a way you just can’t capture at the smaller scale. I love that the buttons on his tunic are all raised, as are the ribbons and medals, making it clear that this is a unique figure, apart from the rest of the COBRA cadre.

When G.I. Joe: Classified first launched, I think there was a suspicion that they would heavily leverage existing tooling for updated figures, and while that’s certainly happened throughout the line, I’ve been totally thrilled with just how much new tooling they’ve used as well. I think a lot of fans suspected that the Crimson Guard might share significant re-use with COBRA Commander, but that’s simply not the case, a large amount of this figure uniquely sculpted and designed just for it (and its eventual Python Patrol repaint, among others). That helps make each of these characters really stand alone.

I also love their use of secondaries on this figure, the shoulder braid firmly attached, yet also separate, adding a key third dimension to the figure. The dual-strap belt, holster and sheath also give him some added realism. It’s the small touches, too– the helmet is a fantastic representation of the elite trooper’s look and those sleeves angle just over the back of the hands in the best way possible. Also, the figure just feels– bulky. His shoulders seem a bit broader than some others, the buck a little more solid. Just looking at the figure seems intimidating in only the best way.

Everything about this figure seems to have been designed and executed as a perfect representation of COBRA’s elite guard.


Absolutely spot-on. Because he lacks any sort of cumbersome belt or vest, the figure moves flawlessly throughout his torso range of motion. His double jointed elbows provide a wealth of options from standing at rigid parade rest to holding his various weapons in all sorts of great poses.

While the Crimson Guard look ceremonial, I still consider them some of the most highly trained combatants COBRA has, so it’s terrific that this six inch update can achieve so many great poses offering playability and poseability for almost any situation. I can’t wait until more people get these in hand and we see what some of the Instagram wizards can do with them!


Hasbro didn’t just hit a home run with this one, they hit a bases-loaded, bottom of the night game-winning grand slam. Every decision they made from an accessory perspective was exactly the right one they needed to make.

The Crimson Guard comes with his instantly recognizable rifle/bayonet combo complete with a removable magazine. Where we’ve had some challenges in past figures with the magazines staying in place, the design for the CG’s mag is perfect. It easily slips from its spot, but then equally easily slides back in and locks tight without risk of falling out and getting lost.

He has a great, realistic pistol and knife, a backpack, and a ceremonial sword and sheath. Here’s where some of the similarities between this figure and the 25th Anniversary version shine through again. In 1985, the Crimson Guard only game with his backpack and rifle, it wasn’t until some of the more modern updates where Hasbro thought to include the ceremonial sword (which looks fantastic, by the way) and the Classified update takes its inspiration from that decision. I’m glad they did.

As we’ve come to expect from Classified figures, there is a place on the figure for everything and even multiple places. The sword’s scabbard can fit either in a hole on the CG’s belt or on his backpack. The rifle can fit in a peg on the opposite side of the backpack along with the knife in its sheath and the pistol in its holster. He truly can hold everything.

If I have any questions it might be the choice of black for the backpack (the Crimson Guard has historically had a red backpack) and while the backpack is certainly a critical aspect of the character, the lack of clear shoulder straps that might hold the backpack on make it seem as though it’s sort of floating back there. Granted, that’s been an issue since day one, but it seems more obvious with the larger scaled figures.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m glad they didn’t ruin the aesthetic of the CG’s unique tunic with straps, but it’s just something I felt I had to point out.


What else is there to say about this figure? From head to toe, it hits all the exact right marks. Although they lean heavily into the vintage look, I absolutely love the look of the vintage CG and find few reasons to complain about that. The sculpt is terrific with a great, unique helmet, the layered texture throughout the body, not to mention the raised elements on his torso.

The color balance is a thing of beauty as well, the red, black and silver all playing great off each other.

Honestly, I’m finding it very difficult to think of anything to complain about here. If this is a sign of things to come for the Classified line, we are in for one heck of a treat.

General Gallery

G.I. Joe Classified Crimson Guard
  • Design
  • Originality
  • Articulation
  • Accessories
  • Value


I so wanted to give this figure a full five stars, though I had to drop just a bit for originality, considering it’s leveraging a nearly 40 year old design. Even so it’s doing it exceptionally well and the execution is about as great as one could ask for. Nailed it.


  • – Perfect compliment of nearly flawless accessories
  • – Great, solid, bulky figure with fantastic range of motion
  • – A beloved backbone of the COBRA organization!
  • Cons

  • – Would have been cool to be a little bit brighter shade of red.
  • G.I. Joe: Classified – Tomax & Xamot

    I was a bit conflicted on how to handle this review, simply because Tomax and Xamot are, at their core, the same figure, only with some minor cosmetic changes. In a way, each twin is a counterpart to the other, so I think writing up a single review that covers both of them is an appropriate course of action.

    Back in 1985, I still remember my trip to the local Ben Franklin, which was a craft store of all things, but had an action figure section. Not a huge one, but G.I. Joe was prolific back then and I saw that fantastic mirrored packaging from half an aisle away and immediately sprinted to it, snatching up the twins eagerly, even though I had no clue who they even were.

    My interest was piqued and to be honest, it’s never let up. Tomax and Xamot remain two of my all time favorite characters nearly four decades later. Unlike in 1985, however, these days you can’t buy both twins in a single box — you need to purchase two separate Classified figures, which actually doesn’t bother me in the least.

    As the Crimson Guard Commanders, not only do I really love these two characters, but they’re also the men in charge of one of my favorite elements of the G.I. Joe mythology as well. The idea that these two men are business suited executives during their normal life, while funneling cash and resources to COBRA via Extensive Enterprises is just a brilliant turn. The fact that these two crazies are also acrobats and potential mind readers just ramps up the awesome ridiculousness to a new level.


    I hate to sound like a broken record, but the fact is, Hasbro’s philosophy remains mostly the same with every one of these releases. They look at the vintage version and design a 6″ figure around that aesthetic, all while doing what they can to take advantage of the larger scale. That philosophy remains true with both Tomax and Xamot who use a combination of the same base body with opposite secondaries to both conserve tooling dollars and mirror what was done back in the 1980s.

    Tomax and Xamot have been through a bevy of different looks if you consider the Marvel Comics, the Sunbow animated series, not to mention Devils Due and IDW, and Hasbro leans into their vintage, and likely one of their most recognizable versions. It works. I always really loved the sculpts for the original twins, though considering how heavily COBRA themed their armor was it always struck me as interesting that they seemed only tangentially interested in COBRA’s success or failure.

    I’m happy to say that this COBRA themed armor only looks even more impressive at the six inch scale and I really love the scale-infused detail and the hooded thigh pads. The figure designs translate almost perfectly to a larger scale. I really love these figures.

    Of course, one variation they have to go with is the head sculpt. While Tomax and Xamot are twins, the distinct scar along Xamot’s face is one thing that separates him from his brother, and they include that with these figures. Not only that, but they add a bit more expression as well, really infusing each face sculpt with its own unique personality. It’s pretty impressive how the two figures can look the same, yet still so distinct.

    If I have one complaint about these Classified updates — the vintage figures seemed to have a really cool laser weapon embedded in one of their gloves, a raised, distinct sculpt that I really loved. That’s lacking on the Classified figures for reasons I’m not too sure of — probably to conserve tooling dollars for what is essentially a minor design element.


    Even though most of these Classified figures have the same points of articulation, some of them just feel like they can move better and more smooth than others. The twins fall into that camp. I just love the way these figures pose and move, which is partially due to the lack of restrictions based on their bandolier. They are just really fun figures to display, which is great, considering their circus acrobat ties and history.

    One thing to point out and it could fit either here or the design section. The plastic of the Crimson Twins seems to be just slightly different than some previous releases, though I can’t really pinpoint how. The legs and boots certainly feel a little “softer” though that doesn’t dramatically impact the overall success or failure of the figures. Just something to note. I’m not sure if there will be any additional degradation over time, or if it’s just a surface feel that seems a bit different in comparison.


    Compared to some other figures, Tomax and Xamot come with surprisingly little, but in a way, I don’t mind that. Hasbro has made it clear that they want to design a sensible accessory compliment per figure — give them the gear they need, but also the gear they can carry. The Twins aren’t typically weighed down with heavy backpacks or elaborate pouches, so as a result, there’s less that they come with. I’m fine with that.

    They each come with a submachine gun (with removable silencer) and a pair of knives that fit nicely into twin sheaths. Simple and straight forward, and I like it a lot, even if, compared to someone like Outback or Stalker, they seem a bit thin.


    Yes, Hasbro, once again, leans into the vintage look pretty heavily, but I really have a strong nostalgia tie to the 1985 Tomax and Xamot and I have to admit, it’s pretty fun to get close approximations of those zany figures in six inch scale. The sculpting and articulation are spectacular as always and even though they don’t have a ton of accessories, simpler is sometimes better. It doesn’t feel like they’re missing anything, so how can you ask for anything else?

    I look forward to the eventual deluxe 2-pack with pinstriped suits.

    G.I. Joe Classified Tomax & Xamot
    • Design
    • Originality
    • Articulation
    • Accessories
    • Value


    I’ve always loved Tomax and Xamot and Hasbro gives them the credit they deserve, even as they lean heavily on the vintage aesthetic. While they are limited on accessories and might have benefitted from a somewhat less expensive two-pack option, I can’t argue that they’re great additions to the COBRA roster.


  • – Love their unique head sculpts
  • – Vibrant 80s sculpts translate into six inch scale perfectly
  • Cons

  • – Not a ton of accessories, though what they come with makes sense
  • – Buying them separately when a combined two pack at perhaps a slightly reduced cost might have been nice
  • In hand images and guest review – ComicCon Cobra Missile Command Center


    Noted author James Kavanaugh, Jr. is back with GeneralsJoes for an awesome early sneak peek at the COBRA Missile Command Center ComicCon exclusive!

    This thing took all of us by surprise and James goes in depth with the good, the bad, and the awesome little details.

    Check the review out right here (or the link below) and once again, huge thanks to James for pinch hitting this spectacular reviews.  Great stuff!

    And hey, if you want to thank James for his help with these reviews, hit up RAHCGuide and buy some of his awesome G.I. Joe reference guides!


    GeneralsJoes Guest Review – ComicCon Missile Command Center

    Hi all, I’m back again.  I must be a glutton for punishment.  It’s either that or Justin in getting lazy.  Probably all three.  You read that correctly.  It’s that time of the year and we’re all a buzz about the new reveals and great exclusives at San Diego Comic Con.  I just wrapped up the Revolution crossover set review yesterday and now I’m onto the G.I. Joe-specific Missile Command Center.  I was at Joe Con during the reveal and this set took us by a pleasant surprise!  I was also close enough to see the set in the case, take it in as much as I could at con, and knew it was going to be a great piece.  FYI, I run around like Joe Con like a lunatic (or maybe I should replace “like” with “as”) and don’t really experience the new product until I get home so we basically have the same view.  Besides, if I really did take the view, I would be there for hours and in everyone’s way.  Well, more than normal.

    So yeah, the MCC (I’m not typing Missile Command Center every time, though I could c ‘n p), let’s rap.  Nostalgia seems to be the strong, underlying current of many of our major brands and this set was a healthy dose straight down the hatch!  To recap, this set was a vintage, store exclusive that consisted of every Cobra The Enemy action figure produce at the time (all three) and a cardboard missile command playset.  Cardboard playsets seemed to be an easy exclusive to produce and were well received growing up.  Well received, that is, if knew the store sold it.  But who didn’t?  One of the greatest childhood memories for children of the 80s and before was staring for days at the toy catalogs of major retail chains.  We circled over and over the ones we wanted and checked off the ones we had.  And, on the other side of the coin, the fragile cardboard rarely survived the sands of time, thus creating a very desirable adult collectable piece.  You know this reviewer is always going to give you the straight talk (not what the internet falsely says 60s Iron Man gives) and say G.I. Joe is currently an “Emerging Challenger Brand,” which means a few things, but for this set means primarily adult collectors.  This notion of adult collectors being the focal point can only be reaffirmed by a trip to Joe Con.  And, like I said in the previous Revolution, I self-identify as a G.I. Joe-specific collector so this is my wheelhouse.


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    I do own a vintage MCC but I do not own one in package.  A google search can show you the differences but I don’t know the size comparison.   Your google search will agree with my point that this thing is almost indistinguishable!  I briefly wondered if this set would be considered 25th style or something similar and it’s close but not really.  I am dubbing it “hyper-vintage.”  I don’t care if it sticks or not, (I actually do, I’m sensitive like that) but I do think this set goes even further to gives us the nostalgic feel than even the 25th set out to do.  One can obviously recognize the 4” styled Cobra in the upper left tunnel but, other than that, any change requires some advanced insight of the vintage set.  Pawn Stars will have to call in their expert to confirm.  Derry DePriest introduced this set at Joe Con while systematically introducing the name Bobby Vala to the fans as the new guy on the Joe brand.  I will be crediting him for his awesome work throughout this interview and will start by saying his attention to detail is intense and his desire to recreate a nostalgic purity is so intense, weathering affects were even applied to the outer box.  Holding it really makes you feel like you’ve found a legitimate holy grail at the flea market.*  And for an MSRP of $50.  No coming home with a loose “Frankensteined” Lightfoot/Scoop, two dirty Sneak Peeks, and a gold Steel Brigade thigh for $50, we hit the jack pot!


    *Designer’s note:  I notice while absorbing the packaging and taking in the “weathering” application, the UPC is starch white (I’m confident for easy scanner readability if this was ever brought to retail).  This is by no means a knock, just a fun facet of the process.  We truly live in a digital era.

    Action Figures

    So, start with easy part.  The set comes with three characters, Cobra Commander, Cobra Officer, and “Cobra” Trooper.  These three characters laid the foundation for the terrorist cell…, err, enemy camp and have remained at the forefront of the Cobra The Enemy antagonist since.  And, reiterate what was stated before,  they were in the vintage set.  It is this reviewer’s opinion that early “A Real American Hero” is gaining an a bit of an uptick in popularity and these figures capitalize on this resurgence.  But let’s further state the obvious and say we live in a 4” G.I. Joe world and the new, sans O-ring, style reigns supreme.  All three of these action figures utilize tooling we’ve seen from the 25th Anniversary series up until the 50th (“50”) series.  However, these action figures each hold their vintage counterparts to a higher level of accountability and further dial in the “vintage accuracy” to a level not yet seen.



    No, I didn’t forget the word “Trooper” in the title, this is an homage to his 1982 naming convention (on both the card back and file card).  Children of the 80s didn’t need everything spelled out for them, we read between the lines that this was the trooper.  This is the classic go-to for that nostalgia kick.  As a guy who’s dabbled in nostalgic card backs, it really boils down to the minutest details.  The action figure’s core derives from The Pursuit of Cobra series and, hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  It does, however, modify the legs to showcase the sleeker elements of the 1982 figures but including the pockets and slightly eccentric (for combat) boots.  The blue is even a richer, deeper blue that hasn’t been seen since 1982.  This blue output further convinces me the team was striving for accuracy.  Oh, and to nail down my point, the gloves are blue.  It. really. is. the .little. things.

    Cobra Officer


    Cobra Officer follows much of what I said about the Cobra Trooper…, er…., I mean Cobra.  The blue is the same deep, rich blue and finds its foundation in the same The Pursuit of Cobra Cobra Trooper but takes his own steps to pull from his vintage roots.  The legs are a slightly different, yet just as sleek, configuration that more accurately tackles the vintage legs.  He is armed with a recently tooled AK-47 and has his respected silver emblem.  Honestly, when it boils down to it, what’s good about the Cobra is good about the Cobra Officer.

    Cobra Commander


    The Enemy Leader rounds out the set’s trifecta.  He utilizes the “Ultimate” version’s foundation from Retaliation but is then modified with the 25th torso so he can put his laser pistol on his back.  The blue on him is a richer blue and, again, much more vintage accurate.  The biggest nod to the vintage Cobra Commander is the early logo commonly known as the Mic…, err, famous rodent that is very protective of it’s IP.  Don’t pick up what I’m laying down?  Here’s your internet search homework. Trust me, this is a hot little nod.  Again, little things (I’m think I’m going to say that a lot with this set).

    To round it out, these core/founding members of Cobra have been regular occurrences in the A Real American Hero and, more specifically, the last ten years.   Oh yeah, it’s the ten year anniversary of the 25th Anniversary line that started this size off, I wonder if Hasbro new this?  Ok, squirrel, back on topic it’s very hard to impress the 1982 Cobra Commander, Cobra (Trooper) and Cobra Officer onto a guy who’s archived ten or more of these and this set passes the test.  If someone would’ve described just the idea of these three figures in a sentence or two, I would’ve been apprehensive; but, believe it or not, I like to be proven wrong.  It was really great to get back to G.I. Joe’s foundation and wouldn’t mind seeing some more strategic approaches to 1982-83.

    Missile Command Center

    To give a quick history lesson for anyone who’s not familiar, the A Real American Hero was originally designed to be a vehicle line but the action figures stole the show.  I always say we took that little tag line “collect them all” a little too literally.  However, in this case, I think the Missile Command Center is the star of the show.  Whether it’s nostalgia or rarity, reintroducing the MCC was a great idea and, without being in the boardroom, seems like a perfect product to surprise SDCC, appeal to that market, easy to produce (Bobby might disagree), and hit a specific price point.  This armchair wannabe toy designer is going to dub it brilliant!  These cardboard sets were always great for kids.  I’m forty years old, so I’ll try not to sound like I’m telling the kids to get off the lawn when I say I think we were drawn more towards assembly, cut out pieces that were, looking back, lower tech.  I wasn’t a model builder but I think that we’re the last generation actively embraced that (I’m not deeming the hobby dead but I recognize it is past its hayday.  Not hatin’, just statin’) and this set gave me that feeling.  I’ll be honest, it’s been so long since I put a cardboard set together, I was a little rusty. 


    The original set was ingeniously designed and very dynamic, considering it’s simply a few pieces of flat cardboard.  Once assembled, it really forms an intriguing piece.  It’s so simple, yet so intricate and so fun.  Whether you own one or not, I’m sure avid fans are all too familiar with the piece and probably have the image burned into their monitors due to extensive projection (do monitors still do that?).    Oh, and this set takes the piece one step further.  Like I said, Joe Con for me is like a whirlwind, I didn’t notice that all the art was recreated.   I thought it was a simple scan, clean-up, and then produce.  That’s not the case.  Bobby took the time to recreate every minute detail.  Both of Maxim Bady’s tag lines came to mind (look him up, I think he’s hilarious).  Everything is so crisp and yet the art and color palette makes you think this the vintage art.  I’ll say this, if you prefer the “imperfect” / hand drawn art by Ron Rudat, (the seemingly future-tech used on Castle Gray Skull, other card board sets, and other Heavy Metal inspired art), I think you’ll look at Bobby’s art and see it as your child mind thought you saw in the 80s.  It wasn’t when I put the two together that I could really pick them both apart.  Well, besides the decade of dust I had to remove and the now 35 years of cardboard aging that time has applied to my vintage one.   Real quick, I couldn’t find my vintage chairs.  I’m pretty sure I put them someplace where they wouldn’t’ be damage and that was seriously around the time I started the R.A.H.C. Guide (late 2005).  There’s a reason why I don’t showcase my collection, you can see a pile of tubs at Walmart anytime you like.


    So, we have nostalgia, check.  We have a contemporary update, check.  And we have a great pricepoint, check.  Some few points of interest and need to knows.  This is cardboard.  No, I’m not giving you sass.  Well, I am, but I really want to clarify you might want to think out putting yours together and study the blueprints if you do. This is especially important if you’re a picky collector like me.  Start by cutting the bags open, not trying to save them.  The bags are durable but will stretch when trying to simply remove the tape.  Failure to acknowledge this might close the plastic in on the cardboard and damage the cardboard.  Second, the tabs are meant to hold this thing together.  Not another “duh” moment, I say this because I am treating this piece like a one way street.  My tabs did bow, bend, and split when I inserted them.  It’s not a knock on the product, it’s just how cardboard is compared to the demand that’s being placed upon it.  However, most important, the “U” shaped console is very thing at the points where the center angles into the sides.  It almost seems like it’s supposed to fold there but it is not.  My impetuousness suffered some very slight folding but whatever.  Half way into assembling this thing, it reminded me that it is cardboard and not meant to last.  Cue “Dust in the Wind.”  These imperfections are not noticeable unless I point them out but I can’t help but notice every little detail on things once I analyze them.  Ask my shrink, he hears about it every Thursday.  Just kidding.  He dropped me as a client year ago.  If you are pickier than me, my condolences.  But seriously, you might just want to admire it flat and from afar.  I will, however, strongly encourage you to not only buy one but to just dive in and put it together. 


    I am not engineer-minded, though not engineering inept, it might help to start a conversation with the fans and figure out ways to refine the process and simultaneously reinforce the piece if you want to increase durability.  At this point, you’re asking cardboard not to be cardboard and I don’t know what to tell you about that.  However, I am extremely confident our fandom has the talent and the solution and, at this point, you’re asking this shirtless jungle reviewer to go on a mission in the arctic.  I’m not Gung-Ho (that’s not what she said).

    File Card holder


    Have I mentioned it’s all about the little things recently?  Because, if not, it is.  This set even includes the foldable file card holder, meant to hold all original thirteen file cards.  This piece was originally in the vintage set so itz ghottztah be in this recreation.  This piece makes a great little knickknack to put on your desk or to round out your Joe area.  An interesting not, the file card holder has the vintage card art on it, not the 25th art.  Or, if it has 25th art, the thumbnails are so small, you can’t tell.  A quick interesting point of interest, the “Bazooka Soldier” is labeled the “Rocket Launcher Soldier.”  I wonder why that is. 

    And if you think I forgot to mention the red back file cards, you’re crazy.  RED BACK FILE CARDS!!  We Joe collectors love our red backs.  I recently contributed to a fan project that wanted a file card and the group wouldn’t move past the file card being red back.  And why would they??  It’s just another simple, yet essential, aspect of the set that puts a nice cherry on a superb sundae.   The file cards are meticulously designed to emulate the originals, yet utilize the 25th card art and have a few missing details no longer used by Hasbro proper (flag points).  But c’mon, are we going to cut our red backs?  I think that’s a shunning from the hobby.  I don’t know, I’ll have to check the bylaws. 


    If you haven’t been picking up on my enthusiasm towards this set, then you’ve been simply looking at the pictures.  I don’t blame you; I don’t read Justin’s commentary either.  And I’m totally a tl;dr reviewer.   If you’ve always wanted a MCC or wanted an nice crisp one than this is you set.  If you can’t get enough of the Cobra Command, this is your set.  If you already have a nice MCC…, well…,  forget you.  Just kidding.  You might want to put your vintage one in a hermetically sealed case and display this recreation.  I am confident you will get the same level of enjoyment.   I know you get four stars for showing up in a review around here so I don’t know how to rate this.  I tend to think you’re either in or you’re out so this one’s in*.

    *Yes, guys who archive toys are biased because we own everything anyway, leave it be.


    If you are near Dayton, OH, I will be at the Ohio Toy and Comic Show and will have these exclusives there to view.  Find me or check out the What’s On Joe Mind? panel, I stand in for Justin (someone has to draw the short straw).  I have always enjoyed the SDCC sets more than most and this one keeps that spark alive.