I am seriously backed up on G.I. Joe Reviews. I happily subbed to the Joe FSS (& the Joe FSS 2.0) and, so far, only the first month’s figures have made it to the site. Did I mention I have all thirteen? Oops! And here I am reviewing the Membership Joe instead of a subscription Joe… Double Oops!
Long-time IAT readers know that I’ve been clamoring for “More 25th Anniversary Joes” for years. So long, that I’ve technically been clamoring for More 30th Anniversary Joes! The last four years have been somewhat kind to me – eight of the ten Joes I highlighted in that article four years have been produced (Gung Ho in Dress Blues now tops my list) and three of those have come about via the G.I. Joe Club. Iceberg is the latest as their 2013 Membership figure.
It’s both good and bad that Iceberg ended up as the Membership figure. On the one hand, I’m super-excited to finally have an update of him, but I’m not entirely thrilled with what the Club put together to get him out. That’s partially because the Hasbro updates have moved into “amazing” territory – Low-Light, Lifeline, & Sci-Fi are prime examples, but the Club also doomed themselves a bit – both Dial-Tone & Footloose received nicer figures than Iceberg as well.
I shouldn’t be so hard on Iceberg. There was a lot done right on him, but there are two areas where he falls a little short. One I intend to fix – a lower portion for the jacket. I’ve just got to scavenge one from another Joe and paint it to match. As you can see from the photoshopped image below, it really helps balance the figure and gives some much needed bulk around the waist & hips.
But the other thing, I’m pretty much out of luck on: the head. Now, I don’t think it’s as bad as some folks say, but it’s definitely a downgrade from what we’re used to when looking at previous Club Membership & Subscription figures. Now, I haven’t followed up on all the news and rumors about the head. I’ve heard crazy things like the production factory used an original Iceberg head instead of the newly sculpted one (the original was sent for color matching). I don’t know if it’s that elaborate a thing or not, but I do find this head lacking the detail-level we’ve gotten used to. It definitely keeps Iceberg out of the front of the shelf where I’d want to place him and gets him mixed into the middle to hide some of the figure’s flaws. Continue to Page 2…