View Full Version : Goodbye Gung-Ho Grip???

07-07-2002, 01:18 PM
there are photos of some hasbro 12 inch GI Joe figures who have a new kind of hand. it looks to be of the bendable finger type, like some dragon and all hot toys figures have. the only un-usual thing is that the hand seems to be attached at mid-forearm instead of at the wrist.

the new hands look a lot better than the hinged fingers hasbro had been using. hopefully if they are any good, hasbro will incorporate this feature into the star wars line before it dies.:)

here is a link to a photo:

07-07-2002, 09:21 PM
I wouldn't count out Gung-Ho grip yet, this is probably just a specialty thing for a select few figures.

Why is it that whenever Hasbro switches to a new 1/6th-scale body, they're always out of proportion in some weird way? :D

Exhaust Port
07-07-2002, 11:05 PM
I'm not too familiar with the names so if someone could explain these, what exactly is considered Gung-Ho grip? Is this similar to Kung-Fu grip? When referring to bendable fingers, do you mean hands that have the fingers seperated vs. molded all together? Thanks.

07-07-2002, 11:35 PM
exhaust port,

gung-ho grip is the "hinged" fingers hasbro started using about a year or so ago. at least thats what i think it is.

kung-fu grip is that old style hand from the original GI Joe line that hasbro has re-released in some vintage style figures.

bendable fingers are rubber coated over bendable wire allowing each finger to be poseable.

i'm curious as to how flexible these bendy fingers will be. if they are anything like the extra jango hands, they will be useless.
i'd prefer if they just flat out copied 21st century hands.:)


what seems out of scale on this new version?

Exhaust Port
07-08-2002, 02:45 AM
Do any of the more recent SW figures have these "hinged" fingers?

07-08-2002, 08:51 AM
count dooku looks to be the first star wars figure with hinged fingers.

Exhaust Port
07-08-2002, 11:00 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing what they look like up close. It's nice to see that Hasbro is making steps (albeit small) to improve the standard figure they use for the 12" line. At this rate, by the time the last Ep. III figure hits the shelf they'll get it right! :D

07-08-2002, 04:54 PM

Well that's just weird. Bendy fingers are useless thus far and I don't see how Hasbro can improve upon them without more serious effort than we've seen from them in the last two years.


07-08-2002, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by derek

what seems out of scale on this new version? The forearms, they look extra long; and the hands, definitely man-hands. :D

Bendy figures are a waste IMO, they're a guarantee that your toy will not last a lifetime.

07-09-2002, 01:28 AM

if the bendy hands are as stiff as the extra fett hands, they will be useless.

what seems dumb here is having the hand attach mid-forearm. it would of been better if the hand attached at the wrist. that way if a wire broke in the finger, the hand could be replaced.

exhaust port,

the hinged fingers kinda suck. they can't hold guns and sabers as well as a hand molded in a gripping position. go get you one at wal-mart or TRU for about $10. they are on the GI Joe figures.:)

Bent Wookie
07-09-2002, 01:49 AM
Only problem I see is the hinges being too loose (easily fixed with a little super glue)...

I personally like the gung ho grip a lot. It puts to an end the weapons that shoot at an angle syndrome. And I think it allows for a better grip overall. But that's only with tight hinges...

Jango Mango
07-09-2002, 01:51 AM
does anybody know when Count Dooku will be at the stores ?
is it a $20.00 figure ?

07-10-2002, 02:32 AM
Yes, Dooku will be in a basic 12" fig.

Bendy hands that attach at the wrist... yikes. It is indeed a bad idea, and they kinda look more like gauntlet gloves than hands.

The Gung Ho grip on my 12" Cobra Commander is, at best, ok. But I can't say I love it, it's not an attractive joint and it's not that tight, and the hands aren't bent to hold most weapons tightly.

Bent Wookie
07-10-2002, 02:42 AM
Since you brought it up...I really hate the blue arms of the new 12 Cobra Commander. Do you know if the old Hall of Fame outfit will fit him ok and then the armor over it? Do you know if it looks ok or if the colors don't match at all? By the way, I found CC today at Target on clearance! It seems Target is getting clearance happy again. And they had some of the normal "grunt-type" Joes in the narrow boxes for around $4 each. How's the body on these? I can see the arms aren't the beefier style, but they don't look too awful bad. Lacking the "gung ho grip, but they'd be much better than the current Hasbro 12 SW body, right? Seems a nice cheap and easy upgrade to me...what d'ya think?

07-11-2002, 09:34 PM
It's too bad that Hasbro wont retool that small gun that comes with CC to get us some accurate looking imperial blasters.

07-12-2002, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by derek
kung-fu grip is that old style hand from the original GI Joe line that hasbro has re-released in some vintage style figures.

If I may be so bold (and yes, also daring): Kung-Fu Grip is actually the hand style we have seen on the vast majority of 12 inch Star Wars figures up until now. The hand style seen on the re-released vintage Joes of which derek speaks is actually the original style that all G.I.Joes had before the advent of Kung-Fu Grip.;)

Also, I had read somewhere recently that Kung-Fu grip is going to be reintroduced by Hasbro sometime soon.