Respect is not given... it is earned!
This is my second-part picture review of the Sideshow Collectibles San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" Green Beret - Lieutenant Falcon Sixth Scale Figure. Having shown pictures of the box and contents in the previous post as well as posing Lt Falcon with the 1/6 scale Auto-Regulating Gas-Operated (A.R.G.O.) semi-automatic Benelli M4 Tactical shotgun, I also wanted to show Lt Falcon posed with the other weapons that he came with, the 1/6 scale M1911 pistol and Tactical Tomahawk (axe).
"G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" is a military-themed line of action figures and toys in Hasbro's G.I. Joe franchise. This version of G.I. Joe is still much recognized by many people who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s. The short description on the cover flap states that "G.I. JOE is a highly trained, classified, special operations unit composed of men and women from around the globe who fight a secret war against forces that seek to plunge our world into chaos." Because they are fictitious, some liberties can be taken with what uniform they wear (different characters wear different uniforms and there's no uniformity in what they wear as a team) and the weapons they carry.
Sideshow Collectibles San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" Green Beret - Lieutenant Falcon Sixth Scale Figure is very much a U.S. Army Special Forces ("Green Berets") soldier from the Vietnam War era (the Tigerstripe camouflage BDU implies that as most armies of the world today have adopted the digital camouflage pattern for their armed forces' uniforms). Lt. Falcon's primary weapon of choice is the combat shotgun (seen in the previous post HERE) which may have served its purpose in the jungles of Vietnam but it wouldn't work in open areas because the weapon is not effective for long distance battles. The modern soldier is able to carry a shotgun as well as an assault rifle during battle if the operation calls for it.
Lt Falcon's secondary weapon / sidearm is the M1911 pistol, a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge, which has served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces since 1911. Amazing that this pistol is still in use even after more than 100 years! One would think that technology would have rendered this pistol obsolete but modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. That certainly says a lot about the battle worthiness of the pistol.
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As I have already covered earlier HERE, Sideshow Collectibles Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" Green Beret Lieutenant Falcon 12-inch Action Figure comes with 1/6 scale Hand Painted Portrait, Fully Articulated Prometheus 1.2 Body, Generous assortment of Gloved Hands (four + two on the figure), Beret, Drive-On Rag, Tigerstripe camouflage BDU Shirt and Pants, Sculpted Boots.
He also has MOLLE Belt, Riggers belt and H-Harness. Pouches for shotgun shells, canteen and radio. Fragmentation Grenade, Wrist Watch, Radio, Water Canteen, Tactical Tomahawk axe and Velcro Patches are also included.
On his right sleeve are the United States flag patch and G.I. JOE patch.
Lt. Falcon's 1/6 scale Pistol can be secured in the drop-down SERPA Holster secured to his right thigh when not in use. He also has a spare pistol magazine in holder as well.
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Close-up of the 1/6 scale M1911 .45 pistol Lt Falcon comes with. Check out the cool patches - Special Forces, Airborne and United States Army Special Forces shoulder sleeve insignia. All done in 1/6 scale and proudly worn by G.I. Joe Green Beret Lieutenant Falcon
And here's Lt Falcon brandishing the Tomahawk. Tomahawks were general purpose tools used by Native Americans and European colonials alike, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon. The metal tomahawk heads were originally based on a Royal Navy boarding axe and used as a trade-item with Native Americans for food and other provisions.
Modern tomahawks have gained popularity with their re-emergence by American Tomahawk Company in the beginning of 2001 and a collaboration with custom knife-maker Ernest Emerson of Emerson Knives, Inc. American Tomahawk Company's VTAC ("Vietnam Tactical Tomahawk") is in use by the US Army Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan, the 172nd SBCT team based at Grafenwöhr (Germany), the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division out of Fort Lewis, a recon platoon in the 2-183d CAV (116th IBCT) (OIF 2007-2008) and numerous other soldiers.
The tomahawk has also gained some respect by members of various law enforcement tactical (i.e. "SWAT") teams. Some companies have seized upon this new popularity and are producing "tactical tomahawks." While the general public would no doubt look upon police officers using axes against citizens with some manner of disapproval, "tactical tomahawks" are clearly designed to be tools first.
Here's Sideshow Collectibles Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" Green Beret Lieutenant Falcon 12-inch Action Figure in stand-down mode with both pistol and shotgun.
July 28, 2014 Review of Sideshow Collectibles COBRA Ninja Assassin 1/6 scale Storm Shadow 12-inch figure - all the 1/6 scale gear and accessories in my part 1 review posted HERE. Part 2 review (pictures HERE) was Storm Shadow with his katana and tonfus followed by the third part review of this COBRA Ninja Assassin with his compound bow and arrow (see my toy blog post HERE) and final review of the Tekko-Kagi (claw) and shuriken HERE
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