Just thought I'd share my mini-review of the newest G.I. Joe figures. I apologize for the crappy pics. Enjoy!
Alright, so this is easily one of the better versions of Destro out there. Granted, the only others that I've handled were from the 25th Box set and the POC Mr. Freeze figure, so I don't have a lot of modern era Destro knowledge. But still, this is a version of the arms dealer that looks ready to protect his investments or ensure that his clients provide payment. The gatling gun mounts to his belt, he has a pistol with holster, and removable shin and shoulder armor. It's a bit of a bummer that the Aliens steady gun wasn't included, but that doesn't detract from the figure. Hopefully we'll see that accessory at some point down the road.
Briefcase of Cash:
Yeah yeah, this is really an accessory, but I thought it deserved its own separate paragraph. It's a briefcase full of cash. It's ******* awesome. If you're on the fence with Destro, at least buy it for the case of money. It's totally worh it.
Probably the wort figure in the wave, but don't think for a minute that this figure is bad. The harness limits movement, especially leg articulation, but how much movement do you need for a guy that jumps out of planes? With all of the gear, you can get a good "freefall" pose, so the restrictions don't bother me too much. Once the gear is removed, the figure doesn't look as naked as some other Joes. It could've used a second harness and a machine gun, but I'm not complaining. The figure is surprisingly balanced, despite the large amount of gear.
Here's the "Predator" figure to compliment the previously released "Billy" and "Jesse Ventura" figures. The figure features a full range of articulation, including the ball hinged wrists. Even though he can't hold all of his weapons, you can store a decent amount on him. There is a hole on the lower portion of his jacket, a hole on his left thigh, and a sheath sculpted on his jacket for the small knife. The figure includes a compound bow*, quiver w/ arrow*, machete*, two crazy looking knives, one straight knife/sword w/ peg, bola w/ peg, spear, and a net. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture of all the accessories. Overall, it's a very cool figure and it's nice to get a new Cobra villain.
*weapons were also included with POC Spirit
This is the figure that everyone appears to be waiting for, and I'd say it lives up to the hype. The accessories alone justify the purchase. The figure isn't bad either. Lowlight includes A LOT of stuff, but ALL OF IT can be stored. The rifle and scope can be packed into the duffle bag, and everything else can be packing into the backpack. The duffle can be plugged into the figure's back, and the backpack can plug into the duffle. Or the backpack can be plugged right into the figure. There is a lot to describe on the figure, but I'm feeling lazy right now. So, just get this figure and experience the awesomeness first hand. If you don't like it, I'm sure there will be plenty of people looking to buy them.
Some quick words of warning:
-The figure is hard to balance when the duffle and backpack are both plugged into the figure. Plus it looks goofy.
-The tiny bullet is very easy to lose. I'd recommend gluing it into the ammo box, or storing it in a ziploc baggie.
-The backpack included with my figure was fairly difficult to open. It's also an odd design, with the pack opening in the middle. The straps on the top portion and the pegs on the lower portion seem potentially fragile, so I would recommend some caution while opening and closing the backpack.
-The bipod for the rifle is meant to stay perpendicular to the rifle. I tried folding mine up, and it stretched out the clip on the rifle that holds it in place. So, don't make that same mistake.