Another G.I. Joe FSS 6 preview dropped last night– Ninja Force Commando Dojo!
G.I. JOE NINJA COMMANDO
Code Name: DOJO
(Inspired by the 1992 Ninja Force action figure!)
Features NEW head sculpt. Includes: removable ninja vest & sash,
Kusarigama, crescent sword, katana sword, and figure stand.
So, let’s talk FSS 6 Dojo for a moment…
There’s an expression that I’ve heard in various iterations over the years: “Everyone is someone’s favorite Joe.” Granted, ole Dojo isn’t one of the most widely-exposed members of the team but I’m assuming that this still holds true.
Given the fact that there was only a single release of Dojo in the ARAH line, the Club had a pretty clear source of inspiration. This version attempts to recreate that 1992 Ninja Force look but with no new tooling for the body. As such, Dojo’s legs come from the initial Retaliation Storm Shadow body. The rest of his body seems to be appropriated from the now highly-used Renegades Storm Shadow body with the web gear of the 2008 comic pack Storm Shadow.
It’s a decent enough build. From the waist up it doesn’t really scream “Dojo” to me but then again, I don’t have any real strong memories of the character to begin with. However, the head looked off from the minute I saw it. It has all of the signature elements of the Ninja Force Silent Weapons Specialist but, given the Club’s ever-frugal nature, I couldn’t help but see who the Club will most likely re-purpose this head as down the road. That’s right kids– this FSS 6 Dojo head is a dead ringer for the DEF foe Headman!
I don’t know… maybe it’s the “wash, rinse, repeat” nature of G.I. Joe this day in which new parts are as rare as a new G.I. Joe figure at retail but I’m not finding Dojo to be very exciting. The fact that I look at a new head sculpt and immediately see a likely parts reuse further dampens any enthusiasm I might have had for this build. Instead of being pumped for a new G.I. Joe figure, I find myself feeling very “meh”.
C’mon G.I. Joe Collector’s Club… Impress me!
In case you needed a refresher, the roster for G.I. Joe FSS 6 is as follows:
- Cobra Artillery Commander WORMS Officer
- Cobra EEL Commander Guillotine
- Cobra Night Stalker Commander
- G.I. Joe Covert Operations Vorona
- G.I. Joe Designated Marksman Cross Hair
- G.I. Joe Helicopter Pilot Windmill (Funskool version)
- G.I. Joe Ninja Commando Dojo
- G.I. Joe Shoreline Defender Rampart
- G.I. Joe Stealth Fighter Pilot Jonas “Ghostrider” Jeffries
- Space Vehicle Launcher Operator Hardtop
- Special Action Force Officer Captain Skip
- Winter Operations Specialist Sub-Zero
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The head is nice as a reuse for Headman, but aside from that, this figure looks terrible for the most part.