My G.I. Joe: Classified Series review miniseries continues with a look at another new figure: Kamakura! Kamakura didn't have an action figure in the vintage G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line as his only appearances during the 1980s and 1990s were as a kid in the Marvel comics. Kamakura's real name is Sean and he's the biological son of Fred Broca, the original Cobra Crimson Guardsman. After his death, Fred Broca, was replaced by an identical Crimson Guardsman, Fred II, who stepped into the family. Fred II was actually Wade Collins, an old army buddy of Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Stalker. Fred II/ Wade got out of Cobra and raised Sean as his own. During the Devil's Due G.I. Joe relaunch of comics Sean Collins was reintroduced as Kamakura, an apprentice of Snake Eyes and a new ninja for the Joe team. Kamakura has received a number of figures since his 2003 action figure debut, many from the Sigma 6 line where he was a major part of the team. I'm glad to see Hasbro pulling from multiple eras of G.I. Joe in the Classified Series and Kamakura is a great choice. He's an Amazon exclusive (who's currently not even listed on the site) and, oddly, a deluxe release. Why is he deluxe? Well, he does have two portraits, but it's probably because of the extra weapons Hasbro included with him. They're not unique, though, and he doesn't have storage for most of them (holsters, sheathes, etc.), so it feels like he just has a bunch of extra stuff. Is he worth tracking down? Let's find out after the break...
Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed drop down hips, balljointed waist, mid-torso hinge, butterfly pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: 2 swords, backpack, full hood, lowered hood, 2 portraits, Uzi, knife, pistol, staff, 2 bladed staffs, and belt tails.
* Kamakura comes in the new plastic free packaging, so you can't see the figure or accessories until you open the box and all of the included paper bags. The package art is cool, if not a little silly and not quite reflective of what is actually in the packaging. There's also a cardboard weapons crate included. They're handy, but they're just thin cardboard, though Kamakura's name and figure number are printed on the box.
* This weird backpack sheathe kind of fits the figure awkwardly and it just looks weird. The blades are simply exposed at different angles. This is another piece reused from the movie version of Storm Shadow but it's a disappointing accessory with very little coo factor.
This is the first figure of Kamakura/ Sean Collins I've reviewed on the site. For more G.I. Joe Classified Series reviews check out the following: