For the Joes it's Scarlett, Cover Girl, Dial Tone and Agent Helix, while for COBRA, it's well, just Baroness! Even then, the Baroness is not technically a bad girl. (Or is she? :P) But of these 5 female characters, it's Agent Helix and her repaint Dial Tone (from the Zartan Infiltrator 5-pack Toys R Us Exclusive) which are the rarest.
So imagine (once again) my surprise when I walk into one of the specialty toy stores that favours selling GI Joes to find Helix hanging on a peg on display by the door. Then again, I probably shouldn't have been that surprised because this place does regularly bring in new stock, albeit in small amounts.
I snapped her up for just S$15 ($US10). Not cheap by regular standards. But for Helix, it's a steal. ;)
So what makes the good (or bad) Agent the most sought after female in the ROC line? Well, after busting her open, I can only put it down to her being a short-packed figure.
Don't get me wrong, ROC could use more female characters in the toy line, so having Helix (who appears in the background in some Pit scenes from the movie) can only be a good thing for us toy buffs. But I think she barely holds her own when put her side by side with the widely available Baroness (Assault on the Pit).
I do, however, concede that Helix is a great toy.
So let's take a gander!
She's also got a molded-on harness, and molded-on arm, thigh and boot compartments. You also gotta love that they didn't leave her lower torso 'blank' or with just creased cloth/uniform but instead adde a nice studded leather body armour effect. Cool. :)
I'm not entirely sure I like the yellow, grey and black combo they've used on her, but at least it breaks the monotony of just using black or even Joe blue/army camo.
Like: Helix's ankle and head movement are simply superb. Her head can look up and down no problem even with her hair looking like it might get in the way. Now I imagine this is probably the only part that beats the longer-haired female characters, that she can hold her head looking up or down without her hair pushing the head back to neutral position. But her eyes, though...(see below)
Now I just love her ankle movement. All Joes can rotate their feet allthe way around no problem, but Helix can also point them pretty well. Both feet can click up to pivot or down to point almost straight. And I can't tell you how much this adds to any bending, kneeling or action poses you can put her in.
Like: Twin guns. I think these are great--simple and versatile. Ever since it was made popular in ASia by John Woo's Hong Kong action flicks and adopted by the likes of Neo, Trinity and Gang in the Matrix, it's kinda lame to just have one pistol when you can have two. That or a big, heavy, ammo-chuggin' machine gun. Yeah.
Dislike: No Holsters/pegs for guns, knife. It's a pity because Baroness has two holes in her thighs where she can peg in her two pistols. I thought Helix would at least have these, if not holsters, but she doesn't. I mean, I saw that she lacked them in-packaging but got her anyway. What can I say? A rare figure is a rare figure. Heh. ;)
Dislike: Helix's eyes have been painted to look up, for some reason. I've seen other Helixes and their eyes all look the same, so it's definitely not just inherent in the figure I got. She's like Heavy Duty--it's nigh impossible to find one that doesn't look like he's been shot dead and has eye-balls lolling to the back of his head.
Dislike: Satellite dish-like accessory. Like many have other reviewers have said before: what's this for?
Aesthetics: 9/10 - Somehow the pinkish white hair with black streaks, yellow, grey and black work well on Helix. Her jaw could be a little narrower and eyes painted better, but overall a good-looking figure.
Poseability: 9.7/10 - Hey, it says on her bio card she's an Olympic-class gymnast . 'Nuff said!
Fun: 9/10 - Greater poseability leads to greater fun for me. Pity she doesn't have anywhere to store her weapons.
Value: 9/10 - Well, I can't says she's fantastic value for the S$15 I paid for her. Heck, ROC Joe's go for 10 bucks a pop nowadays. But she's still worth getting, simply because she's really hard to find. She's also female and comes with two pistols. Uh, yeah...
Overall: 9.2/10 - Helix is good, but she ain't great. A touch up here and a holster there and she would be up there as one of the best. But still, you can't deny a new Joe her due, especially when they gave her such great tooling and detailing.