Gung-Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Video Review v1 Vintage Comparison
| |

Gung-Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Video Review and Comparisons

Check out our Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback review and comparisons!

We take a detailed look at the newly released Walmart Exclusive Gung-Ho (available for purchase) from the GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback line and also compare him to his version 1 release as well as his vintage figure! We think this version of Gung Ho is the best of the them all as it hits all of the vintage, nostalgic chords! Take a look at our video and still image reviews and see for yourself!

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Comparisons

Gung-Ho Video Review

For those who like video reviews, please check out this detailed comparison of the version 1 GI Joe Classified Series figure as well as his vintage figure

Gung-Ho Photo Review

We also took still images of of the Gung-Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback figure for your viewing pleasure and did comparisons with his Version 1 counterpart and the vintage figure from 1983.

Cardback

Gung Ho’s cardback is a throwback to the vintage GI Joe line from yesteryear and you can spot subtle differences in the card art as the illustrations for the Retro Cardback series are new interpretations of the vintage art designs. For example, Gung Ho’s hat is more angular vs. puffy and you can see the redesigned chest tattoo that is a modified version of the Marine Corps logo.

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Backpack Front
Gung Ho 1983 Vintage GI Joe Figure On Card
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Backpack Back

In this review, we will show the newly released Retro Gung Ho in comparison to his version 1 counterpart!

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Front
Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Front
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Back
Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Back

Head Sculpt

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Head Sculpt

The new retro Gung Ho sports a vintage style mustache and a clean shaven head, which is in sharp contrast to the version 1 GI Joe Classified figure. The eyebrows also seem thicker and the head scculpt just looks different in general but we are not sure if our eyes are playing tricks on us.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Head Sculpt

Hat

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Hat

The hat design on the retro Gung Ho is also different, with hard angles and the logo that is tattooed on his chest in the center of it. It is a dark green color that goes nicely with the grenades on his lapels. The hat on the version 1 Gung Ho is a lighter green and has a chevron design in the middle of it. It also is a much smaller hat so it sits further up on his head.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Hat

Right Vest and Arms

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Arms and Vest Right

The biggest difference in the both figures is the arm and vest designs. The retro Gung Ho’s vest features his classic, vintage look and has a very minimalistic design that features a grenade on his right lapel and a small pocket. The version 1 Gung Ho features a removable bracer and gloves and his vest design features a large plate of shoulder armor that hangs over his arm. His vest is also armored up.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Arms and Vest Right

Left Vest and Arms

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Arms and Vest Left

The left arm and vest of the retro Gung Ho is the same as the right side but mirrored. In sharp contrast, the version 1 Gung Ho has 3 grenades on his shoulder, a black removable elbow pad, and armor that mirrors the right side of his vest

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Arms and Vest Left

Chest Tattoo

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Chest Tattoo

The chest tattoo on the retro Gung Ho is MASSIVE compared to the version 1 release. They are the same design and it is great that they increased the size quite a bit on the new retro figure.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Chest Tattoo

Waist

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Waist

The waist pieces are the same although they are recolored versions of each other. For example the belt designs have paint paint aps that match the overall deco of the figure and the most notable difference is the lack of camo on the v1 crotch piece.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Waist

Legs

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Legs Front

The legs use the same overall buck that is shared between the figures with paint aps being the overall difference. In addition to the paint aps, the retro Gung Ho features a holster on his right leg and a piece to hold his spare grenades strapped his his left thigh and a sheath for his knife strapped around his left boot. The shin armor is also colored a dark green vs. the metal plate look of his v1 counterpart.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Legs Front

Right Legs

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Right Leg

Looking at the right leg, we can get a better look at the holster design on the retro Gung Ho figure. it is cast in a teal plastic and looks very realistic. The best that holds it on his thigh is very thick and it goes well with the figure design. The version 1 figure is lacking this piece and just features a different painted boot.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Right Leg

Left Legs

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Left Leg

Taking a closer look at the left leg, the retro version has a thigh pack that holds 4 grenades for easy access to load his Grenade Launcher. The grenades feature a really nice gold paint app on the tips and black on the other end. The version 1 figure also features a thigh pack that is black with smoke grenade canisters in it. Finally, the sheath that holds the retro Gung Ho’s knife looks like it has two bolts or buttons on the side.

Gung Ho Version 1 GI Joe Classified Series Left Leg

Weapons and Accessories

Gung Ho comes with a black figure stand, a knife, a small gun, a backpack and his grenade launcher.

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Weapons and Accessories

Figure Stand

The figure stand comes with two foot pegs, which we usually don’t see in stand designs. It features the GI Joe star logo on it and the feet fit nicely in the pegs with no issues.

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Figure Stand
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback on Stand

Gun

He also comes with a small gun that firs in his holster strapped to his right leg.

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Gun
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Gun in Hand

Knife

Gung Ho also has a small knife that fits into the sheath on his his left boot. The blade features a nice silver paint app.

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Knife
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Knife in Hand

Backpack

Gung Ho’s backpack is a nod to his vintage figure and is a simple design but is lacking the shovel that was sculpted on his vintage figure backpack

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Backpack Close
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Backpack

Grenade Launcher

His grenade launcher is really the centerpiece of his weapons pack out and it is a larger version of his vintage figure’s weapon. As a nice touch, they gave the strap a dark green paint app.

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Grenade Launcher
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Grenade Launcher in Hand

Geared Up

Gung looks pretty badass geared up and he will make an amazing addition to your GI Joe Classified Series shelf!

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Geared Up
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Geared Up 2

Vintage Figure Comparison

As the GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback line is the throwback to the vintage figure, there both of them side by side. The did an amazing job translating the vintage design into a 6″ scale figure with an updated, modern look! Of course there are some differences with the tattoo design, the belt, and the boots but they share so many similarities!

Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Vintage Comparison Front
Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback Vintage Comparison Back

Where to Buy

We hoped you enjoyed our Gung Ho GI Joe Classified Series Retro Cardback review and comparisons! Gung Ho and the rest of the GI Joe Classified Series Wave 1 is available online and in store exclusively at Walmart so please check stock status here:

Complete YOUR GI Joe Collection

You can find ALL of the figures, vehicles, and playsets to complete your GI Joe collection using our curated shopping experience that covers the Vintage line all the way up to the GI Joe Classified Series!

GI Joe Shop page

Similar Posts