|Code Name: SCARLETT|
Scarlett was one of those characters I was vaguely aware of in my childhood, but never paid much attention to (mainly remembering her for two rather pathetic moments in the film). So it was a bit of a surprise to read the G.I. Joe comic and see that she was one of the biggest stars of the run. She also had a sizeable role in the Fleetway Battle Action Force comic, though she had to keep the more tomboyish looks of the original figure in that one.
Sadly, the black or dark grey/orange scheme of the comic version and original figure doesn't seem to have been done in the 25th Anniversary series. I did have the lighter 'Sunbow' version, which didn't seem much different from the initial release, and was cheap. However, it really was quite garish, so I eventually went for the darker version instead.
Scarlett is very dainty - the figure's only a fraction taller than the original, and considerably thinner. However, the ballet dancer physique makes a lot of sense, while making her quite short means she doesn't have the elongated look some 25th females do. The figure has very comprehensive joints, though these sometimes work against her. Scarlett is very flexible and thus has trouble holding some poses, the thin legs often causing her to overbalance, while the hands have trouble holding her weaponry. This includes a neat crossbow and a pistol, though I've swapped out the latter for a sniper rifle.
Despite the niggles, the figure is still a respectable upgrade - I just find it strange given the character's standing that an even better version hasn't emerged. As it is it's difficult to heartily recommend, and is a mite disappointing compared to others in the range, but at the same time you could do a lot worse.