Just when 12″ fans thought there was nothing new to look forward to, along comes the GIjOE Collector’s Club (GIJCC) and their new membership exclusive dubbed the “Comrade of Action” (COA). Sneak preview pics recently released by the club show the base COA figure will include a foreign headsculpt “fuzzhead” Joe with Kung-Fu Grip and a nifty set of OD long underwear. But the REAL fun begins when you outfit this new figure in his exclusive uniform accessory set (sold separately, as it should be).
We really like this set’s new dark blue Russian longcoat, complete with 10 brass button “snaps,” and two fold-up leg flaps. Its unique styling gives the figure a definite “foreign” look. There’s also a cool “double-rig” holster for carrying the COA’s twin pistols, a pair of matching pants, brown short boots and a matching blue version of the famous fuzzy Russian winter hat. It’s easy to imagine adding additional accessories such as a Kalishnakov or AK-47 sub-machinegun, maybe some hand grenades, etc. ROCK ON, Nicholai!
Bottom line: This new club exclusive arrives at a time when little else is being offered for collectors and fans of 12″ GIjOEs. As Hasbro continues moving away from its iconic 1:6 scale action figure, fans will surely appreciate this admirable effort by the club.