G.I. Joe Classified Cobra Island Major Bludd
By Hervé St-Louis
December 31, 2021 - 22:10
Often overlooked for more popular character, Major Bludd continues to appear in all G.I. Joe media and has had several action figures over the years. The Classified version of Major Bludd draws from several sources of inspiration to create what has to be one of the most popular actions of 2021 in the G.I. Joe Classified line. Major Bludd was one of the infamous Cobra Island exclusive action figures that is only available at Toys R Us Canada, or Target stores in the United States.
When the first Major Bludd action figure was leaked on eBay, before being announced, bids for him became outrageous and at one point, he the bids had reached over $18,000. eBay stepped in a removed the fraudulent and trolling bids for this action figure. But that alone, did not cement Major Bludd as an action figure worth having. It’s a desirable release from Hasbro, as he plays a classic villainous role, that of the evil and competent adjutant senior officer.
Classic marks of Major Bludd are his eyepatch, his helmet, his robotic arm and brown suit with body armour. This is what Hasbro did with the Classified version of this figure, except they made everything a bit darker and more contemporary. The Classified Major Bludd is the example of an action figure that borrows as much from the past, while toning down the video game-inspired influences of the first Classified releases.
However, the beauty of this figure is how Hasbro’s designers added touches that make the figure even better than anything we could have imagined. First, his removeable helmet reveals a buzz-mohawk hair cut that show thew character’s age. Next are the scars on his face running through his eyepatch. He saw combat. The mechanical right arm makes more sense than ever with a slick design that is less boxy than the original.
The dog tags, taken from fallen soldiers is still on his neck and is removable. However, it does not look good. Bludd’s rocket launching gun has been improved. Two extra rockets which fit on his backpack can be combined with the handled rocket launching pistol. One thing that was not in the original Major Bludd that could have been added was a knife.
The sculpt reuses the torso, the left arm, the crotch, and the legs from the Cobra troopers and infantry. The boots are unique. Hasbro seems to have mastered the art of reusing parts from other figures and I cannot complain as the change of colour masks that to some extent. It also makes sense that major Bludd would reuse the same uniform from the Cobra troopers and infantry. I like classic-looking Major Bludd body armour.
Major Bludd has a head on a ball peg. His is also on a ball peg and thus moves too. Because his collar is high, his head cannot rock as easily as other Classified figures. The right shoulder’s patch is attached through pegs on the top of the shoulder. It falls off easily when raising the arm. That arm can rotate and rise. There is a bicep swivel, double elbow articulations, and can bend at the palm. The left arm has similar articulations but has a trigger palm articulation.
The rockets keep falling from the backpack and that is annoying. They barely fit in. as mentioned above, Major Bludd has silver painted dog tags. It’s one moulded piece that fits just right on his collar but easily falls off. The backpack stays on his back quite well. The rocket launching pistol looks like the older one but better. Instead of a regular pistol, he has one that looks like a shot gun that fits on a holster on Bludd’s right thigh. The helmet looks like the one worn by the Cobra troopers and infantry but appears to be thinner. The bridge above the middle of the eyes is in the shape of a peak, instead of round, like the troopers or Cobra Commander.
Major Bludd comes in the usual G.I Joe Classified box but because it’s a Cobra Island exclusive, there is a map of Cobra Island on the back with highlights over sections of the island.
It was easier to find Major Bludd in the United States, once it was in stores. In Canada, the distribution at Toys R Us was always difficult. Hasbro, Target, and Toys R Us have re-released some of the early Cobra Island exclusive action figures to the extent that they have flooded stores and peg warm – I’m looking at you Baroness! I got my Major Bludd on the secondary market.
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