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The World’s Classiest Cobra Soldier – IGN Reviews the Sideshow Crimson Guard Sixth Scale Figure

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review by Eric Goldman

Sideshow Collectibles’ line of G.I. Joe 12-inch figures has been incredible from the start, but I was particularly excited about the release of the Crimson Guard. Meant to be the absolute elite of Cobra, the Crimson Guard always had one of the coolest costumes of any of the Cobra soldiers with its vibrant red coloring and oh-so fancy details like the aiguillette on the shoulder — something only Cobra Commander himself shared among the Cobra ranks — and distinctive backpack.

The Sideshow version of this figurine is another homerun for the company, including all of the details you remember from the classic figure along with new additions that add a ton of cool factor to the character. As is typical of Sideshow, the little touches are excellent and very appreciated, such as the intentional imperfections on the helmet, showing where some of the “red paint” has been scraped away, revealing the metal underneath.

One concern I had from the photos released (including those on the packaging) was just how shiny the costume looked – giving it much more of a fetishistic leather look than the Crimson Guard uniforms looked in the past. Thankfully, the actual final figure is toned down considerably, with cloth pants and a more subdued coat.

That coat features a cleverly designed front piece that uses small magnets, allowing it to be easily removed when putting on the backpack, which has straps that then are hidden behind the front piece once it’s fastened back into place.

As for that backpack, it’s one of those ridiculous but true adult geek moments I must confess to: I was far too excited to realize that – unlike the original figure — it could be opened up, with specific slots to store many of the accessories that come with the figure, such as additional ammo.

“No waaaaaaaay!” – The Children of 1985.

The specific figure we were sent by Sideshow was the exclusive version, which is unfortunately now sold out. That version had a second head featuring an unmasked Crimson Guard, allowing you to place a “Fred” head on the figure. But the helmeted version is plenty great on its own, with another really well designed look (great job, 1980s Hasbro team!) that stands out among G.I. Joe characters.

Read the full review at IGN.com! [Sideshow Collectibles' Crimson Guard: The World's Classiest Cobra Soldier Gets a Sixth Scale Figure]

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  • Ash

    Yes, I totally agree with everything. I’m not big on G.I. Joe but I had my eye on this guy. I haven’t ordered it yet but once I get the financial stuff straight I’ll be all over it ; )

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