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G.I. Joe Rise Of Cobra Senior Ranking Officers Joe Set Review

The Senior Ranking Officer 3 packs were popular Toys 'R' Us exclusives for the 25th Anniversary/Modern Era G.I. Joe line, so it's only natural to see it continue in the G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra line. The Joe set has been reviewed! This set includes:
  • Grunt
  • SGT. Stone
  • Speed Metal in Delta 6 Accelerator Suit
Is this set worth the $14.99 that it retails for? Click on the discuss button to find out!
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Steel Brigade:
Carrying on the tradition from the GI JOE 25th/ME line, Toys R Us again offers "Senior Ranking Officer" 3-packs with the current Rise Of Cobra movie brand.
The line has previously featured repainted figures & unique characters made up of previously released parts & this offering carries thru with that staple. It was noted that the last SRO packs for TRU (Air, Naval, & IG) were delayed because TRU did not like the packaging (understandable as they were somewhat difficult to stack), but the packaging still went through & was redesigned from the 3-tubes to a box format with the latest SRO offerings in ROC making it much easier for display space in TRU stores. The figures offered in the GI Joe SRO pack are Sgt. Stone, Speed Metal, & Grunt.

SPEED METAL: Speed is placed in the front of the box (which traditionally has been for the highest ranking Officer in the SRO expressions, but is actually the lowest ranked character E-4 vs E-5.) I tend to think this was done to entice kids to be interested in the pack with an Accelerator Suit figure in the best display placement within the new packaging. Speed carries the real name "Sherman R. Guderian", this makes him a ROC version of the character "Heavy Metal" from the ARAH days. And thus makes him & the Target Exclusive "Rampage" two different characters in the ROC universe. He is exactly the same figure & comes with the same weapon/helmet/stand as the Accelerator Suit Ripcord, except featuring the head of the 25th Serpentor figure. It was noted early on by fans here on the HISS TANK, that the Serpentor head was one of the only heads to fit on this Accelerator body with out moding. I'll be the 1st to admit that I thought Speed Metal was the most disappointing looking "head replacement figure" of the upcoming ROC Joe line in proto-type pics from China. As he did not feature the helmet in the pics & the Serpentor head was not one of the better (imho) of the previous line. Now that I have the figure in hand, he looks great. He has a nice gold finish & like Ripcord, has some of the better movement in the ROC line. Plus it gives you another character that maybe is more seasoned than Duke & Rip with the Accelerator Suit. I like the name "Speed Metal" as it kind of gives the character a throwback feel while being what many would consider one of the farthest offerings from Classic GI Joe. Speed comes with helmet, rifle, & a stand.
Steel Brigade:
SGT. STONE: The character played by Brenden Fraser is re-painted here as a red beret & colored in a more woodland theme. Although the figure does not look much like Fraser (maybe Hasbro didn't pay for the likeness of the actor), he has been noted as a fan favorite for his more traditional military look (like Flint or Falcon) & his great range of motion. Stone comes with the same weapons (-the launcher) from his single release except with some reversed colors, including his rifle, pistol, jackknife (which always seems a bit small to be useful in the figures hands imo) & stand. Many pictures of this figure online do not illustrate that his vest is actually very dark green with black nuances which helps separate this color even more from the single Stone release. None of the paint apps are deleted or added & it's more of just a color palette swap for the figure with a different camo bdu pattern. Stone is one of the best of the ROC line with a great range of movement in his limbs & I think many will find this a preferable color scheme, I know I do, & he was actually the figure I was most excited for in the set, as he reminded me of some of those 1980's knockoff figures I'd team up with my Joe/Cobra forces back in my play-days lol.
Barefoot Jedi:
You have the most awesome avatars ever.
Steel Brigade:
GRUNT: Since 2008 Grunt has been offered twice in the modern era construction, the 1st time as a TRU SRO exclusive & here again for the 2nd time. This figure is made from the ROC Zartan figure minus the Zartan head & a different weapons assortment. This makes for a good representation but also has the limitations of the Zartan figure with the lack of range in the elbows compared to most ROC figures, & the somewhat meager left hand. The color scheme is excellent & even though it doesn't provide anymore paint apps than the previously sparse Zartan, it is a nice woodland camo rather than the NATO style. My only disappointment in the paint dept. is that the arm band is left blank with no insignia, if they did not want to use the "MP" logo that Zartan has then they should have given him the ROC insgnia or some other military logo on that arm. Grunt also has his belt in better placement than Zartan's & this looks to be more in line with what the figure designer intended. Instead of Zartan's weapons he comes with a more preferable stock for the character, that of which were included with Desert Ambush Duke, they are the same rifle, pistol, backpack, & the ROC stand (vs the special ops stand Duke has). This figure is a perfect for Grunt as it is a very generic military figure, & will look great in your ranks as more of these woodland camo fatigued figures are released, like the upcoming WM EX. Base w/the woodland Hawk & TRU 5-pack with the woodland Pitt Trooper.

Compared to Walmart, K-Mart, & Target, these are the best PRICED exclusives currently available rounding out about $15 per pack, or around $5 per figure.
Jaybird:
Thanks for the reviews, SB. I love the side-by-side pics. I think I'm going to have to see this in person though before I make a decision since they're really just repaints.
Steel Brigade:
Barefoot Jedi... lol thanks for the avy comment, I appreciate that!!


Your welcome Jaybird, I'll be doing the same for the ROC Cobra SRO set later this weekend!
dsrader:
Nice review.
snakeeyes22:
I think these aren't bad, although simply changing the way Serpentor's eyebrow's were panted would have made the Speed Metal look more like a different character.

I did grab the Cobra version, and while it is more of a straight repaint set, I enjoy how the character's colors remind me of how the toys ms have looked during ARAH times.

Good point about the Walmart camo. After those are out, it may make me yet this set. And great job with the pics, a very complete rundown with comparisons is a big help.
Rocky:
Great review.
MrClean:
The Grunt I got from HK earlier this year actually has the MP & Joe logo still on the sleeve, but no logo on the pocket. I guess they switched it on the final production. Great reviews and great new avatar!
Steel Brigade:
^^^^ Thanks guys!!

Mr Clean, that is an interesting side note: That's one of the great things about test-shots, is they are not always what the final product will look like. In my opinion, the logo would look better on the armband (like the K-mart desert Duke) than the pocket. Sounds like you have a real gem there! Thanks again for the props!!
Rhetoric:
Great review man, I really enjoyed having such an in-depth look with many pictures. What was that about the Walmart Exclusive? I haven't heard of a Woodland PITT Trooper????
Zigga304:
i picked this pack up last week, very pleased with it, for $16 at TRU couldn't go wrong....two single carded figures cost about the same if not more. really liked the speed metal figure and grunt, didn't need another sgt. stone, but the new paint app works for me. gonna pick up the destro pack next.
Steel Brigade:
Glad you liked it Zigga!

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Originally Posted by Rhetoric View Post
Great review man, I really enjoyed having such an in-depth look with many pictures. What was that about the Walmart Exclusive? I haven't heard of a Woodland PITT Trooper????
Rhetoric, the Pitt Trooper is in the "Attack On The Pitt" TRU ex. 5-pack with Duke, Rip, Neo-Viper Officer, Neo-Viper & the mole pod.
Rhetoric:
I must have missed that, thanks man!
Steel Brigade:
^ No problem friend.
DJ Radio Raheem:
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Originally Posted by Barefoot Jedi View Post
You have the most awesome avatars ever.
And you have the worst pewww!!
"SR":
I wonder if the new RoC Footloose's head would look more like the classic one on that grunt body....
mynameis:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steel Brigade View Post
Speed carries the real name "Sherman R. Guderian", this makes him a ROC version of the character "Heavy Metal" from the ARAH days. And thus makes him & the Target Exclusive "Rampage" two different characters in the ROC universe. He is exactly the same figure & comes with the same weapon/helmet/stand as the Accelerator Suit Ripcord, except featuring the head of the 25th Serpentor figure.
more name changing suckage

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Originally Posted by Steel Brigade View Post
SGT. STONE: ...he reminded me of some of those 1980's knockoff figures I'd team up with my Joe/Cobra forces back in my play-days lol.
that's exactly what it looks like to

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steel Brigade View Post
GRUNT: This figure is made from the ROC Zartan figure minus the Zartan head & a different weapons assortment. ..also has the limitations of the Zartan figure with the lack of range in the elbows compared to most ROC figures, & the somewhat meager left hand.
even more suckage
SITHLOU33:
I actually got both sets for 12 bucks each because they were missed priced on the shelf with gift cards I earned from the sale.
~Synder Corps.~:
I've been trying to limit my ROC buying, but after seeing better pics of Stone, I may shell out the cash for this set. Not too thrilled with Speed Metal, but Grunt and Stone would be worth the price.

And imo, That ain't Grunt, he may be a grunt, but it isn't Graves...Too boring for a code-named Joe (lol, like the original wasn't)
Captain Carstein:
Great review thanks.
Crimson Rage:
Quite like them, but not sure I'll be buying. If I did, I wouldn't use Grunt as Grunt - He'd be a generic greenshirt.
steve2477:
Great review, i like this set.
Kalibus:
Nice review. I like all the comparison shots you took.
This set is a pass for me.
Warrant Officer Flint:
Wh does Sgt. Stone have red eyebrows?
BadWolf:
Pass!!!
sjames90:
Excellent review. Wish my TRU would get these. They tend to stay behind on shipments.
NC Joe:
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Originally Posted by "SR" View Post
I wonder if the new RoC Footloose's head would look more like the classic one on that grunt body....
I was just about to say the same thing...plus add the web gear from Lt. Falcon and a helmet with a big brown flower ;) I think that would be pretty darn close.

I'm definetely gonna pick this one us. Call me old fashioned, but I really like woodland/jungle camouflage...nothing against the blue-grey or digital camo, it's just what I grew up with.
ponygt:
This set looks fun gonna buy it, as soon as I can find it . Then I will put the black vest from my pit commando on Stone then pop Grunt's head on the body for Repeater! Then the 5 pack repeater will become Hardball!
Recon Viper:
I was disappointed with this set. Speed Metal was okay, I don't care for the Accelerator Suits. Stone is awesome. But my Grunt couldn't hold his rifle with both hands, the wrist was at an angle. Maybe I got a lemon but that really irritated me.
Thal J.:
Great Review! I can't wait to find this set. I actually like the accelerator suits on the figures. As for Stone and Grunt they are just icing on the cake.


Love the Avatar!
vermillion21:
great review but I am passing on these lame repaints.
arashikage tat:
I want the legs off that Sgt Stone
Syn3sthesia:
Another pass!
coola784:
it doesnt really get any lamer then this, these figs are a easy pass.
thecalm_7:
great review!

I know weve all bought repaints and whatnot but this is early for them... Its not even been 6 months of collection and were into mass repaints... its sad when an older company like hasbro starts thinking all of their customers are idiots. dont get me wront, i like stone, the other 2 look ok, but stone was in 1 scene of the movie!!! come on!! and all of 15 seconds at that...
Zenith:
Since when is Grunt an officer? Doesn't Grunt imply Enlisted?
Zenith:
For that matter, since when is a Sargent an officer class?
Monkeywrench:
your reviews are top notch. This set however is a pass
Mandingo Rex:
The Grunt will turn out to be a favorite for customs or troop-building, if this catches on like I expect it to. I would have bought several already if we got two of those grunts in lieu of that turd Speed Metal.

I don't think Hasbro's made a worse Frankenjoe in my eyes... I really hate the Serpentor head with the Drag Queen eyebrows, and the idea of the Accelerator Suits makes me cringe... Throw them together, in a color scheme that doesn't even go with the previous AS figures, and that makes for a heaping pile of WTF/Do Not Want!

I also don't feel like we needed another Stone this soon, but the camo pattern on this one would make a great ROC Flint, by adding webgear and the head from the other Stone, or by simply painting the beret black. Not sure why he has red eyebrows, but the figure could be worse. That vest though has got to go. It looks terrible on either version of Stone, like some bad Zoolander fashion vest.
crackus:
nice review!! thanks
Trooper618:
nice review but why are they "senior ranking officers" when they are all low to mid range enlisted?
M_renegade:
Another great job, SB.

I like this set even more than the cobra.

Grunt was the first to catch my eye, and like many others, i thought it would be great for army building.
I'm expecting to switch heads with the desert 5pk Footloose.
In any case, it looks good enough alone.
You can pop the hat of a zartan, and mix them to have slightly different grunts to army build.

Stone looks awesome, better than the blue one.
It could be army build too, since we have somany figs with berets, that you can switch them and have a squad of green or red berets easily.

Speed metal is probably the weakest figure.
I too hate those eyebrows...but that's nothing that can't be fixed.
I didn't knew that it has a gold armor, it's surprising, but i actually like it, it looks like this guy personalized his suit.
In any case, since i don't have a use for it, and i like it, it's going to be my default Barricade.

Bulkhide:
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Originally Posted by M_renegade View Post
i like it, it's going to be my default Barricade.

Awesome idea. I might have to steal this idea and make it my own.
M_renegade:
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Originally Posted by Bulkhide View Post
Awesome idea. I might have to steal this idea and make it my own.
LoL

I know is not a popular character, but hey, at least you'll get some use for SM. The rocket launcher would be the easiest part!
tr1ellio:
If you swap Grunt's head with Sgt. Stone's you get two figures that look pretty neat. Easy custom job.
Joecom:
Great review. I give the set a 7

I like the Grunt figure
NC Joe:
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Originally Posted by Steel Brigade View Post
Glad you liked it Zigga!



Rhetoric, the Pitt Trooper is in the "Attack On The Pitt" TRU ex. 5-pack with Duke, Rip, Neo-Viper Officer, Neo-Viper & the mole pod.
Is this 5-pack already out or is it coming out soon?
Steel Brigade:
Thanks guys!!

^ The TRU 5-pack + Vehicle is not out yet NC Joe....
 

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