Well, this is it: I've finally decided to start reposting my old "Alexx Shorts" G.I. Joe reviews. They're the reviews that lead to what eventually became this blog! I'll be posting them in straight copy-and-paste format, separating them with bold dotted lines so you know where they begin and end, and then I'll post some final thoughts on what I think of the figure currently.
For those unfamiliar: I used to take random pictures here and there, but by the time the Rise of Cobra toys came out, I was getting annoying with how much people had been bashing the figures which were clearly better than the previous 25th Anniversary offerings. I set out to show people how awesome they were, and things went from there, forming into "Alexx Shorts", named so because I thought I was going to keep to a short format with a few pictures. I did not do that.
Can you tell how SUPER excited I was for army builders and accessories?
I found a Pit Commando! Mind the "A" part. One Pit Commando. What do you expect, though? This guy is the first accessory pack in YEARS! Okay, so he's not officially an accessory pack, but he's got so much stuff that you might as well call him that. The figure itself is a repainted Dusty, but with all that stuff on him you can't really tell. Most of my reviews try to weasel you into buying something you normally wouldn't, but, if you're not planning on buying this one....what the heck is wrong with you? Do you love G.I. Joe? Do you love accessories? Come on!
So I'll get down to the only reason I bother to cover this guy: I took pictures! Lots of pictures! I'll start with some simple stuff.
This is your basic Pit Commando.
So is this!
And this! Look at that awesome Steel Brigade helmet. Don't ya love that?
Pit Commando's can do many things. Here, they can carry BIG 'OL BACKPACKS:
They can also shoot stuff: BANG BANG!
Some of them like to gas it up and try out the masks!
Neat gun, huh? Wonder what the heck that is. Any gun people know if that's a real gun?
Anyway, shooting stuff is their specialty! Some even improvise:
I know it's not supposed to go like that, but it seems cool enough.
Another thing that Pit Commandos do well is follow orders! Go get 'em guys!
...BUT, if it's one thing that random faceless Pit Commandos do, it's DIE!
OKAY, okay....sometimes they can get the enemy too...
Awesome, right? The only reason you should have for NOT having this in your collection (or many of them) is that you can't find them! No excuses! Buy in bulk!
...Oh, also, some little things to add: The sight thingy on the boonie hat has these little pegs on it that fit right into the holes on the side of the helmet (where the visor goes):
In fact, remove any visor from any 25th helmet and this fits nice and snug! Thought you oughta know.
Second: Regarding the random resizing of weapons...
The rifle that the Commando comes with is the same one that PP Snake Eyes comes with, only smaller! Strange. I like that they added all the extra junk to the rifle, but why is it smaller now?
Anyway, just some random stuff while I was playing with the figure!
It's hard to say whether or not this one stood the test of time. I mean, we don't have any other troopers as generic as this - AND YES, I'm counting the recent G.I. Joe Trooper from the last movie. He is AWESOME, but so awesome that I don't see them as generic, even if that's what they're supposed to be. Not like this hapless mook of a Pit Trooper.
So yeah, I could see people still using him nowadays, because he could easily fill up the background of any scene (with Joe Troopers in the foreground, 'cause they're awesome). On the other hand, he's using the old 25th Dusty body, which doesn't have great elbows, hindering some two-handed gun poses. Plus...I don't know, some things can only be felt by holding the figure. You hold and move that 25th Dusty body and it's obviously inferior to the other Rise of Cobra stuff and everything after it.
It was great for it's time, of course! TONS of accessories, generic enough to get by the basic 25th body, and fun to set up and knock down. I'm just not sure if I'm as enamored with it now as I was then. Like I said: He has uses, but....he's just kind of "meh" nowadays. On the other hand, you're not gona find a better, totally useless looking soldier to get mowed down in the background. And that's not an insult! Sometimes an army builder should be super basic! The Joe Trooper, for instance, is the opposite - I can't help making them do badass things. Just don't have the heart to see them torn up. These Pit Troopers are so much obvious fodder that they'd be wearing red in Star Trek!
So, in the end, I probably wouldn't bother picking these up, unless you run into them in a lot. Great for it's time, but not really worth it, nowadays.