I refuse to sing “YMCA” for this review.
This is the single carded Dreadnok Torch from the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary line. Long story short, I never liked the Dreadnoks as a kid. Or to be more precise, I simply didn’t like Zartan. I loved all the other Dreadnoks, but Zartan was the leader and thus, represented them. Also, a bunch of bikers seemed out of place amongst terrorists. But onto the review.
I’ve been wanting Torch for quite awhile. He could serve so many functions after all. Big guy, biker or even just a regular civilian. But something’s off about this figure.
Technically, he looks good. It’s a well detailed sculpt which gives the impression of bulk despite being just a 3.75″ figure. Granted, his character design doesn’t leave much room for lots of minute sculpted detail. He’s just your regular biker-joe.
But still, something’s off. And most likely it’s the head. It’s a tad over sized, and the Winston Churchill jowls and the silver sunglasses and hard gay headband just makes him look like a little plastic douche. So looks wise, he’s just not got a good “flow”. Also as you might ascertain from the pictures, his arms are pretty skinny for a big muscled biker. As if he under trained them while working out, so he’s got an impressive chest, but pretty scrawny arms.
2.1 out of 4.0
Torch has your standard G.I. Joe articulation.
Ball-joint at the base of the neck (1)
Ball-jointed mid-torso (2)
Ball-hinged shoulders (4)
Ball-hinged elbows (6)
Swivel wrists (8)
Ball-jointed hips (10)
Double-jointed knees (14)
Ball-hinged ankles (16)
So 16 points. As per usual, it’s impressive for a 1/18th figure, but without swivel thighs, his potential is greatly reduced. I’d score him here about the same as I scored Firefly.
3.1 out of 4.0
Torch as you can see from the pic above, comes with the standard G.I. Joe stand with his name on it. A backpack/container of presumably incendiary chemical elements, and a small but effective flamethrower with a plastic tube you can stick into the backpack.
It’s a good set as far as toys go, but a little minimal for G.I. Joe. He doesn’t have the usual gratuitous excess of guns that Joes tend to have. But what he has is good enough, and fits the character.
3.3 out of 4.0
Torch is decent for what he is, but were I not forced to purchase him (we have to buy Joes in complete sets where I am), I’d just as soon leave him to warm the shelves. A good figure, but unless you’re trying to complete your Dreadnok collection, I’d recommend putting him near the bottom of your COBRA recruitment/purchasing list. There are other “must haves” that you can get first.
2.6 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent