Duke from G.I. Joe Retaliation

April 17, 2012

The week of Retaliation continues on CardedHeroes, this time we’re taking a look at one of the most disliked characters from the movieverse, Duke. But how does his figure stack up?

The character of Duke is a tricky one for me. Channing Tatum’s portrayal didn’t help matters, either. He was never a favorite of mine, he always seemed too vanilla for me, and G.I. Joe as well. And I feel Tatum didn’t really portray him in the best light, which made him slide down a negative slope. But, the truth is, when it comes down to it, he’s an integral part in G.I. Joe. He’s a banner name that you can associate to the line, and you just need his presence there, if in name only. So, if the rumors are true and he really bites it in the movie, I’ll be bummed. If he just “goes away”, I’d be okay with it, but sorry folks, Duke is as much G.I. Joe as Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow.

But, getting on to the figure, you’re given a figure that kind of harkens back to the Reactive Armor figures from the first movie. A slender figure, not weighted down with soft goods, but has some body armor on. Unlike the reactive armor, Duke has a green outfit, with silver armor plates. The armor has some gold scuffs randomly on the shoulder pads, and just a few mottled spots on the chest and back. Adding to the color variety, black straps run over the uniform and armor plating to give a strapped down look. The face is a decent portrayal of Tatum as Duke, although they gave him a bit of a dumbfounded look to his face, which is kind of comical. The same green continues down onto the legs, with straps that don’t really connect anything sit on his inner thighs. Armored kneepads break up the green, while gray boots finish off the figure. The boots are nicely detailed with seamlines and a line for the shoe’s sole. Treads are detailed on the bottoms of the feet.

Articulation takes another shot and hits Duke in the ankles. Similar to Zartan, Duke retains most of the standard G.I. Joe articulation, minus the ankles. Ball post head, ball hinge shouders and elbows, simple swivel wrists, and a swivel torso complete the upper body. Ball pin hips, and single hinged knee joints finish up the articulation. He could have used articulation like the Joe Trooper’s ankles, but it simply wasn’t to be. It’s not a deal breaker though, as it’s a decent looking trooper like figure.

The accessories is where a positive review ends. Flat out, the accessories Duke comes with are both frustrating, and a flat waste of non-needed gimmick crap. Hasbro, if you bother to read this, this thing that Duke comes with is utter crap. The “weapon” that Duke comes with is an over-sized four barrel missile launcher that somewhat rests on his shoulder. He comes with a shoulder mount that he can attach to his shoulder. Oddly enough, I don’t mind the shoulder mount, it looks kind of cool. A bit oversized, but decent looking. Duke also comes with a slightly oversized orange gun as well. It’s a bit bigger than it should be, and the ammo drum has a huge hole on the left side, which kind of ruins the asthetic of it. Lastly, Duke comes with a zip cord for the missile launcher. That’s right, the stupid thing runs off of a zip cord. It was a pain for him to be able to stand and hold the missile launcher to begin with, but the only stance I could put him in with the zip cord in was sitting down. I’m sorry, but this whole thing was dumb, and shouldn’t have been greenlit. People criticize the Rise of Cobra figures for having larger firing weapons, but they were more into scale than this thing is, and most looked relatively realistic in the form of missile launchers or mounted cannons.

Honestly, this figure makes a decent stripped down basic soldier. Pop that head off, replace it with another, and you have a Greenshirt. As a Duke figure, it looks kinda…well…not Duke. It’s not a bad figure, but that launcher thing he comes with really takes a decent figure and knocks it down a few pegs as a packaged whole. My advise: get this figure, and go to Marauder Inc and refit him with some decent weapons, and you have yourself a soldier.








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6 Responses to Duke from G.I. Joe Retaliation

  1. JamesBond on April 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    How does the machine gun attach to the launcher?

    • Jason on April 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      There’s a small rail where the back sights would be, and it rests on there. It stays put pretty well for something you just pop on.

      …so I guess it has THAT going for it…

  2. Monte on April 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Like I said at Generals Joes, I foresee lots of Original Thirteen customs utilizing this body. It looks awesome.

  3. Xenos on April 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    How does the shoulder pad attach to him?

    • Jason on April 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      It basically slips over the collar bone area, and, as long as you set it right, it stays in place.

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