What It Is
The new movie G.I. JOE: Retaliation has inspired imaginative play, and kids can get into the action now with action figures and vehicles based on the movie. Based on the boat from the movie, the COBRA Fang Boat with Torpedo Launcher represents the most technologically advanced vehicles in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA arsenal. The vehicle's opening canopy and spinning propeller make it feel like a real combat boat, while the rotating gun turret pivots so that the included Swamp Viper action figure can attack from a secret COBRA hideout. With just the push of a button, kids can fire the plastic torpedo projectile from the vehicle's launcher.
Is It Fun?
While we loved the torpedo launcher on this boat, it was a little hard to remove and replace the Swamp Viper action figure in the cockpit, and it was also hard to turn the machine gun on its turret. Younger kids are probably going to have trouble manipulating those moving pieces on this vehicle. Older kids and older G.I. JOE fans will find the moving parts slightly easier to move and will enjoy recreating the storyline from the new movie and creating all-new adventures with this vehicle.
Who It’s For
The G.I. JOE: Retaliation Cobra Fang Boat with Torpedo Launcher is for G.I. JOE fans ages 4 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
This boat is intended for pretend play and does not actually float in water.
This vehicle took us 10 minutes to assemble.
The movie is rated PG-13 because of violence, so it may not be appropriate for all children even if the violence is very cartoon-like. This is always a challenge with toys based on these types of movies. Collectors and G.I. JOE fans want plenty of non-stop action and insist on at least a PG-13 rating. As always, parents need to determine what’s appropriate for their family and their individual kids. For kids who love G.I. JOE and action figures, though, there’s plenty of play built into these action figures even if the kids don’t see the movie.
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