GI Joe and Sgt. Rock whats going on?
When I first heard that Hasbro was producing some exclusive figure with DC Comics' Sgt. Rock
I wasn't interested at all.
Growing up, GI Joe was my world, growing up in the 80's you either transformed
Transformers or battled with GI Joe it was that simple.
When I was little I was very loyal to the "Real American Hero" and when visiting the comic store I always noticed another comic, Sgt. Rock. I never liked Sgt. Rock, I always
thought of him as an arch-rival, the Pepsi of Coco-Cola. So when I heard that DC Comics and Hasbro were getting together to create this exclusive 12" figure I was like why
are they consorting with the enemy? So the other day I'm surfing thru Ebay and I come across this Sgt. Rock exclusive. At first look I was in awe, the end result of their collaboration was definetly a suprise.
I had to get one of my own!
The first thing I noticed about this figure was the packaging, the box is huge and very nicely designed. The contents of the larger box contains three more boxes that are
authentically crafted after the original 60's design. I have not been a very strong collector of the 12" GI Joe series but this is one Joe I couldn't pass up.
The nice thing about this figure is that it brings true meaning to the word exclusive, limited in production with a very high demand. There are only 1,200 pieces
produced and only 500 (of 1200) signed by comic legend Joe Kubert and customizer Augustine Romero. As far as I know this was not available to the mass market and were only sold through Internet toy shops and the Official Collector's Club.
The price for this figure ranges from $232 (non signed) - $300+ depending on where you found it.
Speaking with the sales people at the Collector's Club, Sgt. Rock sold out very quickly and was a very popular item. The figure was released in the fourth quarter of
2000 and is now pretty much history...
This figure is great!
I usually don't buy too many U.S. produced figures because they lack the quality and low production run, however this particular figure is of a different nature. I must say
that the Sgt. Rock figure is in a class of it's own, he has shown that Hasbro is more than capable of holding their own in the 12" collectible market.
Upon first inspection of the entire set with the three individual packages is awe inspiring. There is just so much that comes with this figure it's pretty amazing, each piece carefully
crafted and designed. I was especially impressed by the fatigues and the "Web Belt with grommets" because this piece could have easily been substituted for plastic but they
actually sewed the thing and even put in mini-grommets. The designers kept very close attention to detail and spared no expense. Another very note-worthy remark is the detail put into the
"shirt tag" where it reads "SGT ROCK TM DC COMICS", a very nice touch. And lastly just check out the "stocks" of the rifles, you can actually see the grain of the wood!
Upon Further Review...
When I dove a bit deeper into the box and actually started taking the figure out to take shots of it, I was dumbfounded. I have to say this is easily one of the nicest
pieces I own and have ever seen. Looking at Sgt. Rock I am still amazed at how much attention to detail Hasbro spent. They definitely found a new customer for their
exclusives, and I have to say the hefty price-tag affixed to this one was more than worth it.
There is pretty much nothing I can say bad about this figure , the head is nicely sculpted, the boots, the clothing, everything is given the 5-Star treatment. Just take a look at the
severe craftsmanship put into all the pieces in the set (view Bonus images). This is a definite "must have" for all
Gi Joe/Sgt Rock Collectors.
So what do you get?
Sgt. Rock comes outfitted with a hand-painted resin head (with piece# etched in back) on a vintage-style GI Joe body. He comes with two uniform options, "Winter Combat" and "U.S. Army EM Uniform", both displayed in
1964-era box and tray packaging. On top of all of this you get a 80 page vintage style comic book.
The exact contents of this figure are as follows:
- U.S. Army M43 Fatigue Jacket with
- M1 Combat Helmet
- Thompson SMG M1928 with removable clip
- M-1 Garand rifle
- Web Belt with grommets
- Canteen with Cover
- .45 Caliber Pistol with leather holster
- M1 Bayonet with Scabbard
|U.S. Army EM uniform
- Ike Jacke
- EM Service Trousers
- EM Service Shirt with Tie
- EM Overseas Garrison Cap
- EM Service Belt
- Corcoran Boots