The paint work on the figure is great. The “RESCUE” on his leg is a little messy, but I don’t mind as the difficulty level there was probably pretty high. I can read it, so I’m good. The rest of the paint work is sharp throughout the figure. I was initially concerned about the lack of silver straps around his shoulders, but that was dumb on my part as there’s no backpack for those straps to attach to. Though I do wonder what happened to that old pack…
The articulation is on par with the 30th Anniversary line overall: ball joints at the head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles, double-hinged knees, and the mid-torso articulation. I’d like to see the new “peg-in-foot” ankle joints used more often, but the traditional ball-joints work fine as Lifeline will pose just about any way you want him to. I know the arms are borrowed form the Shock Trooper, but I do enjoy the left ball-joint being put in perpendicular to the right one. It really opens up the gun-holding poses… even for a pacifist.
In addition to the 30th Anniversary figures being well done, their gear is another place where the figures shine. Lifeline is no exception, though some of his inventory might be questionable considering the character.
Lifeline includes a pistol and a rifle. They’re cool accessories, particularly the new rifle, but a pacifist won’t get too much use out of them, y’know? Some folks who aren’t fans of his pacifism may be happy thinking he turned over a new leaf, but a lot of these recent Joes have more guns than they need and that’s the case here as far as I’m concerned. My Lifeline happily donated his two guns to his fellow Joes and he still has plenty of accessories leftover.
Here’s a quick rundown: the aforementioned removable helmet, rifle, and pistol, a great update of his classic “Rescue Case” which still opens but is now designed to hold two included defibrulator paddles and an IV bag w/ detachable tubing. There’s also a syringe which fits into the holsters, a knife, an oxygen tank w/ mask, a spine board with an immobilization strap, and the basic stand. I love all this gear, even if it’s more than he can carry on his own. There’s a ton of play value in the accessories, both in just having them and how they interact – like fitting in the case or attaching to the spine board. He’s got just about everything he needs to tend to your injured figures.
In all, I really think that even the most ardent Lifeline detractor would have to love this figure. He’s a fantastic update to the original and I’m not just saying that because I’ve been waiting five years to get him on my shelves. If anything, that just made it more crucial for Hasbro to get it right. And they did; the sharp design work on the figure itself and the complement of medical-themed accessories has me just about hating the movie figures right now. I really hope that Hasbro can take us back to figures like this whenever the movie line is wrapped up.
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