Hasbro G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Pit Commando Hasbro, 2009
Day #59: January 4, 2011
Pit Commando Generic hero with guns
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Basic Figure
Item No.: Asst. 89096 No. 92883 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Hats, helmets, guns, vests, and a whole mess of stuff Action Feature:n/a Retail:$6.99 Availability: Late 2009 Other: Astonishingly diverse army builder
It's rare that a company really gives you too much gear with a figure. Hasbro's Pit Commando was an attempt to do a generic "green shirt"-type character, but in such a way that you will likely be genuinely impressed. The figure includes two types of vest-style accessories, a hat, a helmet, a gas mask, several guns, a stand, and the ability to create hundreds of costume combinations right out of the box. I'd say "they don't make them like this anymore," but the truth is they really never make them like this.
When you get right down to it, the G.I. Joe action figure hasn't changed much since 2007. Roughly 16 points of articulation and a display stand is par for the course, plus the figures were designed with parts-swapping in mind. Presumably this is primarily for manufacturing figures more cheaply, but customizers have had a lot of fun too. Since this figure was hard-to-find, some gear like his gas mask may have seemed new to some fans when spotted on the 2010 Alley Viper. The really clever reuse here was that the Pit Commando is little more than an intense repaint of the 2008 DVD pack Dusty figure, just with new gear. It never ceases to amaze me what a little paint and a few new weapons can do for a figure, but if you collect Clone Troopers or the various Transformers Seekers (repaints of Starscream), well, it's obviously a great niche.
Since the figure has no problems interacting with his gear, there isn't too much to say-- there's a real uniform look here, plus he's able to do pretty much anything a modern G.I. Joe figure should be expected to do. You won't get any negative surprises out of this one, and the main thing you need to be concerned with is finding one at a good price. I scored mine in a multi-language box at a Tuesday Morning store for about $4, so keep your eyes peeled on the closeout shelves for a bargain. He's come down in price since 2009, but it'll still set you back $10 or more on the secondary market.
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