Ace McCloud wuvs Cassandra
This Duke is from the same Resolute 5-Pack as the Resolute B.A.T.
So, let’s start off with how I think Duke looks. Well, even before the Resolute Webisode that justified his rocket glider thing came out, I was a fan of the design. Which made Duke the secondary draw of the 5-Pack for me, after the B.A.T. This is probably because of Ace McCloud from the Centurions and that other blue guy with rocket wings from Captain Power and the Soldiers of Tomorrow.
So yeah, I think Duke looks cool. In fact, I think he looks pretty darn nifty. Especially in person, as pics just don’t do the figure justice. The single carded Resolute Duke is the only Duke that doesn’t look like a douche to me, and this guy’s base Duke figure not only doesn’t look like a douche either, but he’s sufficiently different to justify the repeat character purchase. Add in his rocket pack and helmet though, and he’s essentially a whole different character/toy anyway.
Articulation is standard 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe:
Ball joint head (1)
Hinged & socket shoulders (5)
Hinged & socket elbows (9)
Double hinged knees (13)
Hinged & socket ankles (17)
Swivel wrists (19)
Ball joint hips (21)
Ball joint torso (22)
Okay, so I’m being generous with how I’m categorizing the joint points. But Motion Revive Series figures boast 24 points while Microman boast 30+ points of articulation. And some of what those joints categorized as 2 or even 3 can actually be condensed to just 1. So it’s only fair I give the Joes the same leeway.
Anywho, at a generous 22 points of articulation (or 14 PoA if we’re being honest), Duke is pretty darn articulated. The articulation isn’t as effective as those on say, a Microman, but it gets the job done.
Accessories is where Duke really shines. He’s got the awesome rocket glider which not only has fold out wings, but the tail fins are on ball joints. And really, the rocket pack just plain looks cool, especially in person. The helmet further sets this Duke apart from other Dukes, and practically turns him into a faceless minion. Finally, Duke comes with a powerful looking gun and of course, his filecard. All in all, you get a decent amount of plastic dedicated to this little guy.
The Resolute B.A.T.’s my main draw for this set, since I didn’t already have a B.A.T. But despite already having the Resolute Duke, this set’s version was also a strong draw. And it’s a pretty well justified draw, as this is in its own right, a pretty excellent 3.75″ scale figure. Resolute Duke fires on all cylinders.
Between the excellent B.A.T. and Duke and the cool looking black & red Cobra Commander and his Crimson Troopers, I’d recommend the Resolute 5-Pack if you see it. Cobra Commander’s mold isn’t super hyper posable, but he looks cool, and the colors are a little overly plastic looking on some parts of the otherwise excellent Crimson Troopers. But with Duke, B.A.T.man and the obligatory sillyly oversized cannon, this is a worthy set to get, even if you already have all of their earlier incarnations.
Pros: Looks awesome in both “modes”. Standard joe articulation. Exceptional accessories which totally change the figure. Epitome of Joe figureness.
Cons: Nothing significant… heck, nothing insignificant either.
3.9 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