August 27th, 2010

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AHF AN ICE DAY

Originally published at Shortpacked!. Please leave any comments there.

AHVERBAHDDY FREEEZE

Today I found the new “Pursuit of Cobra” wave at Target and picked myself up an Arctic Threat Destro, who you may remember from this past week’s Toy News International strip.

He comes with a lot of accessories!

I’m not a big fan of getting more accessories than a character can hold or holster.  These new G.I. Joes seem to be really pushing the concept of having as many accessories as possible, so it doesn’t really suit my fancy much, but I’m happy for those who enjoy having a variety of accessories with each figure.  Me, I just lose them if they’re not stowed somewhere.  Hell, I lose them even if they are!  Also, if all the accessories are awesome, it forces me to choose between them.  How hard-to-please am I.

Arctic Destro does come with quite a few awesome accessories.  Okay, the climbing picks I can take or leave, but they seem to store okay on the backs of his shins (immobilizing him in theory), so no harm no foul.  But his squirt gun is awesome.  His larger gun is connected to his backpack via a tube, and I noticed while playing with him that there’s a big button on the backpack you can depress with some effort, plus a small  hole on the front of the gun.  That’s pretty neat!  Water squirter!  Destro also comes with a smaller gun that looks like it has a canister of ooze or something in the front, like he uses it to vaccinate people.  That one’s okay.  But what’s pretty awesome is the drill.  He comes with a drill!

Now, he can’t hold both the drill and the gun and the other gun… These are hard decisions!  Unfortunately, to get him to hold all of his accessories with none left prone on the shelf next to him, I have to shove the awesomer drill through the tube on his backpack to stow it, while putting the less awesome canister gun in his one empty hand.  Not my preferred hierarchy, but apparently I value complete weapons storage over awesomer weapons.

He also comes with two pieces of ice that you can attach to other figures to simulate Destro having used his freeze gun/water squirter on them.  That’s pretty damn neat.  I kinda want to stick them on him, too, as if he’s just really really cold, but the one that hooks up and around the shoulder doesn’t fit on him at all, what with the winter jacket’s hood.  So it has to go on another Destro or something.  As shown.

Oh, and the goggles.  He has goggles.

P.S. There’s Shortpacked! strips tomorrow and Sunday.