CRIMSON GUARD COMMANDERS  
  Code Names: TOMAX & XAMOT  
 

The Crimson twins were a bit silly, really - that each could feel what happened to the other tended to hinder them more than help them, notably in their comic debut when Flint took the pair of them out by battering just one. Still, they looked rather cool, something even Larry Hama couldn't quite take away from them despite endless gags about Cobra Commander not being able to remember which is which. Feel free to take five to find a needle and thread to fix those split sides you have now. Xamot's the one with the scar, by the way - "X marks the spot" is a good way to remember, I find.

The 25th Anniversary versions of the twins were only available in a comic double-pack, but feature all-new tooling - obviously reversed so the twins are mirror images of each other. It's a great cast too, perfectly projecting a mix of foppishness and athleticism which captures the characters perfectly. There are some really nice details, such as the collar armour being more pronounced, leading to the shoulder pad actually being a separate piece - though this does fall off a little too easily. The Cobra symbols above each knee are also nicely done; the look is frankly perfect.

The pair are very dynamic too, though the ankles are perhaps a little restricted by the boot design. My only other reservation is the weaponry they were originally packed with a - a Sten-style submachine gun in turquoise plastic (the same one included with the Cobra Paratrooper), which doesn't fit the hands very well, don't fit with the colour scheme and, to me, didn't fit the characters well either. The original guns from the 1985 toys were even more terrible, so instead I found a pair of old submachine guns (of the type featured on the 1989 Snake Eyes) fit the bill a lot better.

These few minor niggles aside, the set represents a superlative update of a pair of memorable, stylish characters, and while it can be one of the pricier packs to pick up it certainly delivers.

G.I. Joe Tomax & Xamot
G.I. Joe Tomax & Xamot
G.I. Joe Tomax & Xamot
G.I. Joe Tomax & Xamot