Next up in our reviews of G.I. Joe Classified Wave 1 is none other than Duke! A true gem of a figure, Duke is #04 in the line. He features a very faithful look to his cartoon roots with a touch of upgrade throughout. He comes packed with a laser rifle, pistol, binoculars and backpack. He has a shoulder harness, belt and leg holster that can be removed at will. Sculpt is top notch, especially in the head department – a chiseled mug and military cut really capture the essence of Duke that 3.75 never did in my opinion. This is one of the best in the wave, so read on to check out 40+ pics courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
ICYMI – We’ve updated the HissTank Toy Database with a G.I. Joe Classified section. We’ll be updating that as the series progresses, filling in the pages with more info as well. Feel free to bookmark that to keep up with the line!
And don’t forget to check out our gallery for the exclusive line first – #00 Snake Eyes!
G.I. Joe Classified #04 Duke
OK, now we’re cooking! To my surprise when these were first announced – Duke stood out as a winner. I haven’t been excited for a Duke toy in a long time, and on first glance I was like – there it is. He oozes personality, capturing a young but experienced military officer. The scar on his right eye is the perfect touch to bring that through. His upper touches cartoon vibes, while his gear has a traditional Joe green layered in. Lower is nondescript but he does have tech armor on the knees and shins like most of the wave. Weapons are future tech, but resemble modern weapons in shape so I’m ok with them. The Monocular is well done, and plugs into the belt easily.
I think this level of upgrade is the perfect balance. It captures old school vibes, brings it into modern times. If they reduce the techy angle of the armor which is molded in, I wouldn’t say stop, but I can live with what’s going on here. This sculpt – tops head to toe. While Roadblock and Scarlett have some issues, Duke nails it. Very pleased here, hope they continue this DNA down the line.
Check out some key shots here, and full gallery of 40+ below! Check back tomorrow for more Classified Wave 1