Thursday, March 10, 2011

[Review] G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Desert Battle Dusty

Note: This review was originally posted at TS118’s Forumer site on November 2, 2010. 

Unlike other people, I love environmentally-themed figures. I just love having figures that I can put in a sub-group, and this figure has just bolstered my love for such figs! Why? Read on... 

Upon opening the package, we'll get:

-A Dusty figure w/ a huge belt full of pouches which is not readily removable
-An alternate head
-A helmet fitted w/ a removable pair of goggles
-Two sub-machine guns
-A removable cape
-A roll of barbed wire
-A figure stand w/ 2 foot pegs 

The figure itself is amazing. Even without the add-on accessories, it looks like it's good to go. The sculpt is top-notch, and though I'm not 100% sure, it seems to be a 100% new sculpt. I tried comparing it to my other figs, and I didn't find any fig that has any body part similar to this figure's parts.

Dusty is wearing a collared shirt underneath his sculpted armor/vest. He's got baggy pants, and a very nice pair of knee-pads. The sculpt is really amazing, everything is detailed out very well. But what good is the sculpt if the paint is bad? Fortunately for us, Hasbro got all the bases covered with this fig. Not only is this fig well-sculpted, it is also very well-painted. The colors are what you'd expect a desert trooper would sport. And his skin has spots, probably due to the harsh desert environment. 


He also has a large belt kinda thing full of pouches, with thigh paddings on the sides. Though it hampers articulation a bit by limiting sideways movement of his thighs, it still is a great piece. Speaking of articulation, this figure hits that on aces. He can be posed very well, and the range on his POA's (especially on his elbows) is also note-worthy.


But this figure doesn't stop there. With the cape on, the figure looks even better. He can also go with different looks. With the helmet on, he looks fairly military. With the other head, he sports a combination of a mask, a pair of goggles, a cap, and a hood. With this head, he looks exactly what he truly is, a desert specialist. And heck, he can even go without any headgear! How's that for multiple looks?


If I have one gripe about this figure, it's the size of the goggles on his helmet. It was designed to fit only on the helmet, hence, he can't wear it. But that's just me nit-picking.


This fig is a must-have. He looks good alone, and he also looks good with other desert-themed figs. He simply looks good. Get him.

Some parting shots:

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