October 29th, 2007


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Shortpacked!: Take my car, for example.

Just like other large DVD releases like Transformers, Spider-Man 3 is ushering in a buttload of store-exclusive pack-ins. And just like Transformers, the one I want the most is Wal-mart's, packed with the single-disc version of the movie. I'm not falling for that again! Screw you, Wal-Mart. I'll get the awesome mask at Best Buy.

25th Anniversary Shipwreck, to the left here, was highly anticipated by me. He is one of the very few G.I. Joes I latched onto as a child. And what's not to love? He's Jack Nicholson as Popeye. And he has a parrot.

Hell, this one even comes with the parrot. I've never owned a "vintage" Shipwreck, so I've also never owned a Polly. (I've had a few of the Shipwrecks in the post-90s Joe days, but never one wearing the original outfit as remembered from my youth. Frankly, I think his updated look is a little more dignified, but let's not completely downplay nostalgia.) Polly has soft-plastic feet, so while her feet are just big enough to fit around the barrel of Shipwreck's sawed-off shotgun, she can also be forced onto his forearms like so. And quite possibly very painfully, since he's not wearing any protective gear. I dunno how fierce a parrot's grip is.

It's too bad she can't perch on his shoulder.

Some rapid-fire tidbits: There are two variants out there, tattoo-wise. I got the one with the shark tattoo on his right forearm. The other option is an anchor. He also comes with three guns, and since his right hand is sculpted into a closed fist, that means he can hold one, holster the other, and... the third can, uh, peg into the hole in his back. That's not really what you're supposed to do, but it's my solution. And finally, I have had a real hard time finding one with good facial hair paint. Mine's beard is lopsided, but I bought it anyway figgerin' I might not see another. But I've seen a few since, and none of 'em are close to satisfactory. If you find one, inspect it, if that sort of thing bothers you.