After unleashing Dreadnok uber-villain Zanzibar from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line a couple of weeks ago, let’s redress the balance by taking a look at one of the G.I. Joe Team good guys – the Military Policeman known as “Law”.
First released as part of the sixth series in 1987 Law was one half of the team “Law & Order”, with his sidekick being a mean-looking Alsatian K-9 police dog – code name “Order”. As his original G.I. Joe filecard warns: You don’t want to mess with him and that dog of his! I picked this Law up loose recently and Order was nowhere to be seen, but am still delighted with my find – he’s a classic and certainly my favourite of the 3 ¾ inch versions of Law.
The attention to detail, as always with this line, is second to none – I love the way the zip on his jacket, M.P. badge, belt buckle, and handcuffs hanging on the back of his belt, are all picked out in silver paint. The sculpt is also fantastic – his outfit has pockets and pouches galore!
This figure was issued with numerous accessories – a white police helmet, a black leash for Order, a black submachine gun and a black nightstick – an awful lot of extras to end up being hoovered into oblivion off carpets in kids’ bedrooms! Apart from losing ALL of his accessories (sigh), my Law is still in great shape. He has nice, tight limbs and excellent paint work.
One of the most curious aspects about this figure is that Law aka Christopher M. Lavigne was actually modelled on Kirk Bozigian, the original product manager for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line, who had helped relaunch the G.I. Joe franchise in the early 1980s. Hasbro did a fine job – check out the likeness on Kirk Bozigian’s LinkedIn profile!
Collect them all…you know you want to!