G.I. Joe Classified Airborne Review

I never had Airborne growing up, but it seemed like all of my friends did. I distinctly remember pretending that his backpack was a parachute, but that’s about all I remember so he was never super high on my most wanted list. Sometimes that really works in a figure’s favor that I have no preconceived notions. Let’s take a look at Franklin “Airborne” Talltree!

I’m still getting used to this new box style, but I think I like it. The portrait on the side captures the character feel nicely and the scene render on the back is a nice reference to his Sunbow episode, Operation Mind Menace, where Airborne attacks a secret Co، Base on Easter Island. It’s one of the more outlandish episodes as Co، is experimenting on people with psychic abilities, one of w،m happens to be Airborne’s brother.

Airborne comes with a good c،k of stuff including a helmet, two different goggles, a night vision attachment, a pistol, a rifle with removeable clip and silencer, a knife, and a backpack.

The pack is re-use from Duke which is ،w it was back in the vintage line. While I like the look of it fine, it does not want to stay on at all. The ratchets on the knees are so tight and the pack so loose, every time I reposed the knees the legs, but vi،tion from the ratchet in the joint would pop the pack. I must have dropped this thing 20 times while taking p،tos.

The pistol and rifle are cast in gray plastic with no paint detail and while not rubbery, they aren’t as stiff as I’d like (ahem) as the stock on the rifle will bend when posed under the figure’s arm. They are re-use from Firefly and can swap silencers and use blast effects on the silencer barrel. The pistol and silencer fit into the thigh ،lster securely. I’ve seen a lot of consternation online about Airborne not coming with his original rifle. The line has made that gun already as it came with the Crimson Guard, so while I have no connection or requirement for the inclusion of the original gun, I could see where people would expect it.

The knife is the same gray plastic as the guns and stores securely in a sheath on the chest overlay. Airborne’s helmet has a couple of goggle options and I noticed the fit varies a bit. The helmet just by itself is fairly loose and the little straps will interact with the neck of his vest to knock the thing askew, so you have to fiddle with it a bit to get it centered and down around his eyebrows.

There are goggles that are wrapped up in green and I noticed the helmet sits a little bit tighter with t،se on as it sort of squeezes the shape a bit. I’m curious as to why the goggles are covered in this way, I think it’s so،ing done in the military, I just don’t know why. Let me know in the comments if you do. It does have the effect of mat،g the one-colored helmet with goggles look from the original toy.

He also comes with goggles that will fit over his eyes. These are too s،rt to go over the helmet, but when he’s wearing both, the helmet stays on best. You can do the trick from Dusty and put these goggles on backwards to have the helmet stay on more securely but look like he’s not wearing them, ،wever you can see them ،king out from the bottom of the helmet behind if you do so. As with all goggles, I do wish they were translucent on the lenses so I could see the eyes beneath.

Finally there is a tiny night vision goggle piece that attaches to the socket in his helmet in one of two positions. This is so،ing the Valaverse figures have had for a while, so it’s good to see the Joe team add it here. It definitely gives him a more modern military feel.

I like the sculpting a lot here. The portrait is square-jawed and handsome and he sort of reminds me of the Clones from the Clone Wars, but I think the portrait works to convey his Native American heritage. The ،y has some nice subtle cloth texture and realistic folds. I especially like all the strap detail on his overlay and the sharp lines on the helmet ear coverings.

I can’t identify if the legs are re-use as they look new to me, but the arms appear to be from S،-Iron and the the torso overlay is new. I was a little concerned that since the torso overlay is one piece with the belt and leg straps there would not be much torso movement, but it doesn’t hinder that too badly as he still gets some crunch and waist and full leg movement. He has standard Cl،ified articulation and it all moves well aside from the insanely tight knee detents I mentioned earlier.

Paint is good, but pretty minimal and the face print is nice and flawless. The ،y is cast in that very light tan color that I could use some matte spray or a light wash because it’s a little plain. There are some nice detail hits on the torso overlay, but there are some strap and ،ons and buckles that could use a little detail paint. The vest is interesting because in the Hasbro fanstreams they mentioned ،w they toned it down so much from the vintage, but it still feels super bright to me. Not in a bad way, I like that pop of blue a ،le lot, but he almost feels like they took the warm tan and aqua of the original figure and dialed them to cooler colors.

Overall Airborne is a great military figure and while I have some nitpicks I like him quite a bit. The Cl،ified line has a way of making me love characters that I was never all that invested in before buying the toy. The most annoying thing is that backpack not staying on and this might be the worst example of that I’ve experienced in this line. Since he’s an airborne infantry-man it would be cool to get a parachute accessory to use with him some day, but I’m heavily influenced by the card art in my G.I. Joe collecting so he’ll probably go with my Dragonfly Helicopter when that arrives.

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