Yippee Kai Yay!... I mean Yo Joe! Here's a look at the GIJoe Retaliation Joe Colton figure.
Joe Colton is the original GIJoe. To be honest I hadn't heard of him until the trailer for Retaliation came out. The character in the movie is played by Bruce Willis. The figure has some likeness to him. The headsculpt is decent. My figure is cross eyed which is a big disappointment. From images I've seen online, it looks like this condition is widespread so good luck in finding one with normal eyes. He's wearing a t-shirt and army pants. I would have prefered if he didn't have the suspenders. There's a sculpted horizontal strap on his chest which is part of his suspenders left unpainted. Fortunately there's torso joint otherwise it would be more noticeable. The shoulder holster has some nice detail on it. There's a sculpted gun in it. It would have been great if it could be used to hold one of his acceesories.
The shoulder holster is removeable. I think he looks better without it. There's less of a mess. The holster will come in handy for a John McClane custom.
Accessories. He comes with a shotgun, 2 handguns, a four-barrelled missile launcher with 4 blue missiles and an orange machine gun. There's also a ripcord which you use to activate the missile launcher.
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The missile launcher cannot be carried properly on its own. So what we need to do first is to attach it on top of the orange gun and then he can hold it. It is too heavy for him though.
The missile launcher is quite fun to play with. When you pull the ripcord, the barrel will rotate and the missiles will launch in quick succession. If you pull the ripcord slowly, you can have the missiles fire one by one.
The machine gun would have been a more useful accessory if it were in a standard colour. There's a hole in the round chamber. If he runs out of ammo he can stick the end of the ripcord into it. The ripcord looks like an ammo belt and it fits very well in the machine gun.
Articulation. He's got a ball joint neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists(the right wrist hinge functions vertically while the left wrist hinge function laterally), torso pivot, ball hips, double jointed knees and ankle swivel and hinge. Turning his torso will make him look awkward as his suspenders will get misaligned. I hate it when things like that happens.
Some comparison shots.
The figure is okay. There's no other version of him announced so far so it may be better to pick him up first. And besides, its Bruce Willis! That alone is enough reason to get it. Lol. Thanks for viewing!