Today’s review is the second of the clearance Renegades figures I got from BBTS. Ripcord here isn’t a character I was too familiar with before GI Joe the movie came out a few years ago and that didn’t do much to make me interested in the character. This Renegades Rip however is a pretty decent figure after all. Lets take a look at Ripcord.
According to the file card: RIPCORD is a daredevil who thinks nothing of taking risks to prove his skill to more senior members on his team. Trained for airborne operations, he is a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) expert and loves to jump from planes. He puts his life in jeopardy to save his team during a mission to investigate a COBRA weapons plant.
So the first Ripcord figure was released in 1984 as part of the third series of GI Joe figures, he was then a white dude (though still named Wallace Weems) but was basically the same character he is now, a paratrooper. This is only the sixth figure to be made of Rip and 4 of those figure were in the movie Rise of Cobra line depicting the character looking like Marlan Wayans who played him in that “film”. the original ripcord has been re named Halo jumper and lost to obscurity at this point. This version of the character is from the GI Joe Renegades cartoon. After watching all of Renegades I’m a little surprised they even made a figure of him, but I wont get into that for fear of plot spoilers. Even though he is based off the cartoon not much about him (except his rifle) looks very cartoonish at all. It’s a little funny that he looks nothing like the movie or cartoon versions of the character but who knows why Hasbro does some of the things they do.
The paint on my Ripcord is really good, I cant even find one issue to talk about. Not to shabby for a $4 clearance figure huh?
Ripcord comes with a few accessories, you get his parachute back pack, a plasma pulse rifle, his helmet, a pistol that holsters in his leg, a pair of goggles and the standard issue black figure stand. Most of this gear minus the goggles can all be kept on the figure. My only complaint is the pistol and rifle being molded in that weird sky blue color.
Articulation on Rip is standard Joe, Swivel/hinge shoulders, ankles and elbows, swivels at the wrists and waist, double jointed knees, the ab joint and a ball jointed head with great movement as long as he isn’t wearing his helmet.
Overall I’m pretty happy with Ripcord, he isn’t the star of my Joe collection by a damn sight but he is a serviceable figure that works as a Renegade or regular Joe figure and he has some nice accessories. BigBadToyStore still has the Renegades figures on clearance so if old Rip here looks good to you go and buy him on the cheap before he is gone and you have to pay $11.49 for him at TRU.