The goal of writing one Thirtieth Anniversary G.I.Joe review per week kinda went up in flames the last few weeks. Plans tend to do that around here. We’ve got theme reviews lined up next week, but April needs at least one Joe review, right? How about a quick look at Sci-Fi?
I’ve been having a blast with the Joes of late. I’m excited about some of the upcoming movie figures and hoping I can snag all of the “discount Joes” (via HissTank). And, of course, we’ve got a Zombie Viper Giveaway! My re-association with Joes started a few months back with some, amazing, figures, and then things really kicked into gear with this particularly fun last 30th Anniversary wave.
So Sci-Fi is the Joes resident laser trooper. Which, if you think about the cartoon, doesn’t really make a lot of sense. They all had laser-like weapons. Well, Sci-Fi doesn’t have that kind of laser. He has the more realistic kind, where if you sit real still somewhere and aim real carefully for long enough, it’ll burn through whatever you need. Isn’t that exciting?? His old bio even purports to sell his coolness by pointing out that he’ll sit still even as bird perch on his helmet. Interestingly, his bio does unintentionally paint him as an expert sniper. He’s incredibly patient, he engages the enemy from a distance, and he presumably needs to go undetected, which is where that neon green camouflage comes in… handy… oh.
Note: Pay little attention to the contrast my camera produced between the green parts of his uniform in some of the images. His parts match to the naked eye.
I never had Sci-Fi as a kid, but he’s always been a Joe that I remembered and his neon green uniform ensured he always stood out when I was perusing old Joes at conventions and comic shops. Somehow though, I never pulled the trigger on the old vintage Joe. I don’t know if it was just a lack of nostalgia or something specific to the original. He stuck out, but never stood out. Similarly, when this wave debuted months ago – I was stoked to see updates of Lifeline (an all-time favorite Joe for me) and Law & Order, but Sci-Fi kinda flew under my radar. I think I always would’ve bought him anyway, but my wife snagging the entire Wave 3/4 case ensured I ended up with him. I’m glad because, in hand, he’s become one of my favorite figures.
Sci-Fi is built reusing a lot more parts than I’d originally thought. The base figure here is either the 25th Anniversary Artic Snake Eyes or the Snow Serpent (I can’t remember which one came first). The unique details on Sci-Fi’s uniform are achieved with new arms (upper, lower, and hands) and new lower legs (that attach to new cartridges on his upper legs), as well as new webgear and a belt to match the original. There’s a few modifications and upgrades over the vintage version, but they’re all for the better. In particular, the original figure always seemed a little more portly than his fellow Joes, but on this sculpt you can tell it’s definitely the suit and not just that this guy lays around pointing his laser at stuff all day.
I always hate talking about paint on 1:18 scale figures. I’m just naturally more forgiving of a little slop in this scale. And there is just a little bit, the white fuzz on the skullcap or the paint not quite flushing with the sculpted lines on the helmet. Most of the painted lines are pretty sharp though. The accessories look great and the detail on the webgear and the lower arms is painted nicely. Continue to Page 2…