ELITE TROOPER  
  Code Name: CRIMSON GUARD FRED SERIES  
 

In the American Marvel series, under their helmets all the Crimson Guard were cloned or surgically altered identical covert agents, numbered as part of the Fred series (as opposed to the British Marvel series, where they all looked different and tended to be old acquaintances of members of Action Force). Notable ones included Fred I (who died after a botched attempt to kill Snake Eyes), Fred II (who was a member of the All-Star Vietnam patrol along with Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Stalker, God, Optimus Prime and the Ideon) and Fred VIII (who took on Cobra Commander's identity to diminishing returns).

For the 25th Anniversary line, a variant of the Crimson Guard figure was produced with a removable helmet, and released in a two-pack with another comic-originated concept - Scar-face.

The removable helmet is the only change to the figure itself, and it's neatly done - exactly the same size as the regular Crimson Guard helmet, without the head being tiny either. The hair could have done with being a bit darker (that might sound a bit of a nitpick, but if you're going to do something you might as well do it properly), but the face is well rendered.

When helmeted, the fleshy neck is visible from a few angles, though largely the figure is identical. This does mean the faults like the backpack and silly pistol loop come along for the ride as well, while the decision to give Fred a completely different rifle is quite annoying (though it looks like a Lee Enfield, so fair play). However, the figure largely succeeds, as is a great way of bringing some variety to army-building a Crimson Guard unit.


G.I. Joe Fred Series Crimson Guard
G.I. Joe Fred Series Crimson Guard
G.I. Joe Fred Series Crimson Guard
G.I. Joe Fred Series Crimson Guard