Law & Order from G.I. Joe 30th/Renegades

December 21, 2011

I’ll put it right out there: My wife is a G.I. Joe fan.  As much as I am.  But she’s a comic book fan, while I, of course, am more of a toy fan.  But, every once in a while, there’s a G.I. Joe figure that even my wife says, “I HAVE to get this figure!!”  Law & Order is one of them.  But, let’s take a look at why…

Law & Order was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.  The guy just had a big, goofy, loving life grin, he had a German Shephard in Order, and possibly had the best line in the G.I. Joe: The Movie cartoon. I was disappointed when Law & Order was left out of the 25th Anniversary line, but we got a tease of a Law figure with a Rise of Cobra Toys R Us exclusive set.  I was happy to see Law & Order get the animated treatment in G.I. Joe Renegades, although a more serious and younger version.  But Hasbro took the advantage of the animated series to give us an updated and slightly reinvented Law, and even a new Order.

Although this isn’t a direct take from the vintage Law & Order, thery definitely did one better in redesigning him with a more loaded down and military look to him.  Gone is the light blue and vibrant red, replaced with greys and dark blue.  Law has a unique head sculpt that doesn’t really coincide with how young he looks G.I. Joe Renegades, but more of a mature and experienced face.  Loaded down with pouches and holsters, this gives the figure depth and realism.  Law’s buddy Order, is even one-upped, wearing a pouched protective vest.  I really think this is why my wife loves this figure set, honestly.  Order has an excellent face sculpt that makes him look like the happiest dog in the world.  The only strike against Order is that his leash is permanently attached, so you have to deal with that.

Speaking of Order, he’s also been upgraded in the articulation department.  He’s been given neck articulation, and has the ability to veer his head left, right, up and down.  It’s subtle, but effective.  Law has your typical modern G.I. Joe articulation.  His wrists have the new articulation, allowing for not only swivel, but also able to adjust up and down.  Even though he’s got a sizeable vest, it doesn’t really prohibit movement of the arms.  Law has low pant cuffs that make the foot articulation not really worthwhile, but it is there.

Law is loaded down with all kinds of goodies.  An assault rifle, combat shotgun, a nightstick, a magnum pistol, a silenced pistol (with removeable silencer), the classic MP helmet, handcuffs, and a removeable faceshield, including a removeable vest.  It’s technically possible to hold everything, if you have him hold a weapon in each hand, each pistol in it’s holster, and if you put the nightstick into the loop on the back of his vest.  Law’s vest also has a small hole in the bottom in the back, and you can slip the handcuffs in there.  You’ll more likely have to have a gun held back so he can hold either gun better, or hold Order’s leash.  The only strick that I see with Law is his vest has a HUGE MP badge on it. Honestly, it’s not hard to get past it, but it is a nitpick.

I’ve never been too attached to the “Keep it vintage in looks” department of Joe collecting, I’ve always wanted to keep the characters fresh and relevant to today’s world.  What they’ve done with Law & Order, was to give them the Pursuit of Cobra feel to it, which is honoring the old style, but updating the looks.  Order really got an upgrade, and you can’t help but love the face sculpt of him.  There is no doubt that you need Law in with the rest of your G.I. Joes, but he would also look great as a normal MP in any figures of this scale.






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2 Responses to Law & Order from G.I. Joe 30th/Renegades

  1. Mrs. Smokescreen on December 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “Whoever heard of being shot down by a salad?”
    …is that the best line from the movie?

    • Jason on December 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      No, no, no!! The best line is “Hey, Law & Order’s a Team, man… I drive the car, he finds the bombs. We tried it the other way, but it didn’t work.”

      But that one’s a pretty damn good one, too. See, Law is required to be a part of G.I. Joe. He’s hilarious!