Time for a POPping lunch!

Just a few weeks ago, I posted an update on the latest Funko Pops I added to my collection. This time around, I can show you some more new ones. The GameStop exclusive lunch box with Duke and Cobra Commander have arrived!

The Transformers’ side of the lunch box, nice, but you’re not here to look at this, right?

The lunch box is really nice. Very bright colors and lovely artwork. I was a bit afraid that the international transport would damage it, but it arrived in pristine condition.

More Transformers on the side… When are the Joes coming?

The box has 2 themes, two sides for the Transformers, two sides for G.I. Joe. You’ve already seen the Transformers’ sides, get ready for the Joe sides of the lunchbox.

The front of the lunchbox

Ain’t she a beauty? The A.W.E. striker in all it’s original box art glory! Crankcase at the wheel, Gung-Ho riding and wielding a shotgun and Dusty hanging on for dear life on the side.

The G.I. Joe side of the lunchbox

On the sides, we get Duke, Shipwreck and Zartan. Nice characters, but the link between them and the box is missing. Sure, they all got a Funko Pop figure made (Zartan even has a chase figure), but other than that… why put them on this lunchbox? The theme is heroes vs villains and contains Optimus Prime or Duke for the good guys and Megatron or Cobra Commander for the bad guys. Both the Transformers are on the side of the lunchbox. Why is good old CC left out and being replaced by Zartan? Strange design choices.

The top of the box

The top of the lunchbox is displaying both the G.I. Joe and Transformers logo flanking the bright red handle. The colored bands around the logo’s match those from the big images on the front and sides which is a nice design touch.

The bottom of the lunchbox

Okay, this isn’t the most interesting shot, but hey, I’m just glad I can show off this lunchbox that I’m picturing it from all sides. The bottom is printed with some legal information about the brands and a ‘Made in China’ sticker.

Now let’s take a look on what’s inside this beauty.

First off, there are 4 buttons, one for each of the heroes and villains. Next, you get a very nice Cobra logo keychain. And finally, there’s also a G.I. Joe logo decal sticker included. While these are all very nice, the Funko Pops are the real attraction here, so let’s take a closer look at them.

The goodies inside.

This is Cobra Commander.

Cobra Commander Funko pop #47

This is the third Funko Pop figure of the big snake. The #44 shows him in his Battle Helmet as well, but with a silver pistol. The #46 (Bait Exclusive) shows him with his cloak. I’ll put a comparison below.

As you can see, each time, there are some differences to the color and the design of the figure. And enough reason for collectors to buy them. There is actually another Cobra Commander out there in Funko Pop land, the #47 Freddy Funko in Cobra Commander style. This one is extremely rare (limited to 400, 2016 SDCC) and is on my radar, just not in my budget for now.

The second Pop in the lunchbox is that one of Duke.

Funko Pop First Sergeant Duke

Blond hair, green pants, tan shirt, green belt. It’s classic Duke.

Duke

I’m surprised it took so long before we got a Duke figure. He is one of the popular figures and a leader of the G.I. Joe team, still, they released Shipwreck, Leatherneck and Beach Head before him. I guess, he only got introduced in the comics after a while (way back in issue #22) as well. Together with Roadblock, who got a Pop before him too.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got some more toys incoming soon, be sure to keep following on the Socials and stay up to speed. Any feedback is welcome through commenting here or over on Twitter or Instagram. You can also send an email if you have feedback, questions, praise or remarks.

Happy Collecting and YoJoe!

Impel Trading Card #22

It has been a while, but we are back on track with the review of the Impel Trading Cards. Today we arrived at # 22, First Sergeant Conrad “Duke” Hauser.

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Duke is the field commander and second-in-command of the G.I. Joe team after General Hawk. He was first introduced into the comic in issue #22 (and this is the #22 of the Trading Cards, talk about coincidence). He is introduced alongside Roadblock on the funeral of General Flagg, shooting down a Cobra Rattler. The character has been a love him or hate him character all these years. Even Larry Hama (God for the admirers) admitted not really being able to handle the character.

However you feel about the guy, he has played a major role in all of the Joe storylines. In the Marvel run, he keeps on duty till they fold the flag. In the Devil’s Due main comics he takes over active duties from an – spoiler alert – disabled Hawk. In Amera’s Elite, he leads the Joes into the battle against the Plague during World War III. In Reloaded, he gets knifed by Scarlett (Go Red!).

Not only in the comic books, but also on the small and big screen Duke plays a big role in the Joeverse.

In the ARAH cartoon, he is field commander for General Flagg and later second-in-command under General Hawk. In the animated movie, he is the older half-brother of Lt. Falcon and should have been killed, but Hasbro intervened and at the end of the movie a small line was added – uttered by Doc I think – to indicate Duke would survive. In Sigma 6 he is the Joe leader. In the Resolute story, he finally gets a shot with Scarlett. During my research I came across some fanfiction that goes deeper into this (I haven’t read them though). In Renegades, he is part of the fugitive band of heroes that fight the Cobra Corporation. This is grittier, darker setting and so is Duke. He even gets a role in Prime Time TV show Community – Episode G.I. Jeff – where he leads a court-martial against the main protagonists of the show alongside Scarlett and Flint.

In the Live Action movies, Duke is the main character in the first movie and becomes a part of General Hawk’s team. Only to be killed in the second movie…

This brief overview again shows that it’s a difficult character for the writers as well. While one depicts him as a hero saving the day and the world, the other might just have him shot in the nuts.

Personally, I have nothing against the guy. I thought he was a regular Joe in my toyworld. It wasn’t until I started getting into the comics that I learned he was a big shot. The more recent IDW comics show some more of Duke (having a wife and all that). They’re making him into more of a tragic hero and I think that is fitting for a guy you either love or hate. Basically a good guy, that can do bad things if it means saving someone or something he loves or believes in.

Until next time!

Happy Collecting and YoJoe!