Shades of “Stony Smith!” Laughably Simplistic Figures Met With Widespread Derision From Fans
To most GIjOE collectors, these new figures from Hasbro BARELY qualify to be called GIjOEs. In fact, their stiff, Frankenstein-like arms and absurd leg-hip socket make them more akin to miniature statues or figurines than ACTION figures.
Barely poseable, these total duds feature molded-on clothing, simplistic weapons and not much else. The “Roadblock” headsculpt (i.e. “The Rock”), while not bad, may or may not be removeable, and looks like a somewhat cross-eyed, open-mouthed, hypnosis victim. Sad! It’s as if Hasbro has intentionally chosen to remove ALL of Joe’s interactive play value. Fans are absolutely CLUELESS as to what they’re supposed to do with these things. Prop open a door, maybe?
Bottom Line: For all but the youngest, least discerning collectors (2-year olds?), these new figures will be total disappointment. With lame products like these, many GIjOE fans believe Hasbro is actually about to abandon production of its 12″ figures for good (yes, again). With no plans for a celebration of the line’s 50th anniversary, it does seem that the company’s “writing is on the wall.” What’s next? Two-dimensional cardboard cut-outs? Grade: D-