The new G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Low-Light figure is one of the figures I have been anticipating the most since I first saw it at last year’s G.I. Joe Convention, and for the most part this figure did not disappoint.
Though officially part of the “Pursuit of Cobra” line, this figure is really more of a throwback to the 25th Anniversary line. Based on the character’s original appearance from the 80’s, this updated version is packed full of cool accessories and lots of articulation.
Most the figures in the “Pursuit of Cobra” line seem to come with a fair amount of accessories, in fact you might consider that this line’s trademark, but Low-Light takes even that to the extreme. I will say it may be a little too extreme as some of the accessories are so small and easy to drop that it can become a pain trying to keep track of them all.
To start off, the figure has a removable vest which is very true to what the original Low-Light figure had; the only downside to the vest is its bulkiness which does seem to restrict the figure’s arm movements just a bit, so it is nice that it is removable on this figure.
The figure also has a regular backpack that opens to hold a lot of the other accessories and a useable sniper rifle case to hold the figure’s sniper rifle and scope. One minor complaint I have is the sniper rifle which not only has a removable scope but also a removable silencer. The case has a place for the scope but not the silencer. The figure also can carry the scope on his leg; it makes more sense to me to carry the silencer in the case and the scope on his leg as opposed to having two different places just for the scope. Small complaint, I know, especially since you can put the silencer in the regular backpack if you wanted to.
Another cool feature is the ability to attach the backpack and sniper rifle case together on the figure’s back. The sniper rifle case also has a handle so the figure can hold it in its hand as well.
The rifle itself breaks down into multiple components. The back-shaft which has a slide feature on the rifle for loading a sniper bullet (provided) can be removed along with the already mentioned scope and silencer and a bi-pod for propping the weapon up when laying in a sniper pose. The bullet, which is possibly one of the smallest accessories I have ever seen and very easy to drop and lose, can be placed in a case of other non-removable bullets as well. I should mention that even though the rifle was designed so you can pretend to load the bullet in it, the bullet itself doesn’t actually fit inside the rifle.
For other weapons, the figure comes with a Uzi for when he is in close-quarter gun fights as well as a removable knife that fits in a holster on his right leg.
But wait there’s more. The figure also comes with a portable radio that attaches to the side of the backpack and has a removable hand set and removable antenna (this is another one of those really small accessories that will be very easy to lose) for making calls as well as a mounted scope on a removable tripod so he can measure distances when taking aim on a target from afar and a small device that may be either a walkie-talkie or a calculator of some type. My first thought was that it was a walkie-talkie, but then I thought that seemed a bit redundant since he has the portable communication device then some type of calculator came to mind, so perhaps he can make quick distance calculations when using the mounted scope.
Finally the figure comes with the standard figure stand and the character’s iconic red goggles which are removable. Unlike some of the removable head gear on previous Pursuit of Cobra figures, these actually fit and stay in place.
For articulation, the figure comes with what you would expect from this line, including the wrist joints that allow you to put the figure in better sniper poses. As I mentioned before, when the figure has its vest on, some of its arm movements become restricted due to the vest’s bulkiness.
The paint apps are also what you have come to expect from the Pursuit of Cobra line, and they remain very true to the look and feel of the original Low-Light figure.
For me, even though I have been impressed with many of the updated looks to classic characters like Dusty and Recondo in the “Pursuit of Cobra” line, I still prefer getting classic characters that did not make the cut in the 25th Anniversary line getting the classic treatment in this line. It gives us old-timers who grew up on “A Real American Hero” a reason to stay invested in this line and is a trend I hope to see continue from Hasbro in the future. Though I have a feeling this will be one of the harder G.I. Joe figures to find, if you can get your hands on it I highly recommend you do.
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Final Judgment 37/40