Today we are looking at the G.I.Joe Classified Series 6″ figure: Zartan! There are a number of people reviewing Zartan out on YouTube, but mine is just a pictorial review. So he looks great in his packaging! On one side panel there is this art showing Zartan in action.
On the other side, there is the number 23, along with his specialties.
To decode these secret codes, we head over to gijoe.com and check on the file information for the characters. Here are some screenshots for background information.
Upon clicking Zartan’s image, we access the secret files:
There is more art in the lower right of the front of the package:
And the back has an expanded image with additional characters added. I think the back art is my favorite of the art on the package of Zartan.
Closer up, you see Zartan around the 9 o’clock of the back art image.
The interior art has neither the G.I. Joe nor the Cobra logo. This is an awesome new Dreadnoks themed logo!
Now let’s shift gears and look at the figure and accessories. Here he is along with a look at his backpack that can store all of his accessories.
He has a classic looking Zartan laser pistol, and wicked looking knife, and some bizarre extras.
Along with the knife and pistol, there is what appears to be a severed snake head, as well as a mummified monkey’s paw.
If you’d like to read further about the mythology of making a wish on a monkey’s paw, feel free to open this link in a new tab. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkey%27s_Paw
Suffice it to say, the story goes that the person with the monkey’s paw is granted 3 wishes.
However, there is a catch: “that it would grant three wishes but only with hellish consequences as punishment for tampering with fate.”
In the story, someone wishes for money to pay off the mortgage, but is killed the next day in an industrial machine accident at work. The company sends a death settlement payment which coincides with the amount wished for. So, in bitter irony, the wish is granted, but the person casting the wish does not live to enjoy it.
Either way this is grisly, and I’m not sure what it has to do with Zartan, but maybe it has to do with his special abilities, but the negative effect is his struggles with sunlight.
The figure also has a backpack reminiscent of his original v1 figure from 1984.
Instead of a hinge, it has internal pegs and can be easily jiggled open.
Once opened, you have another eerie accessory, Zartan’s face mask.
The mask can be secured in the backpack and there are lots of little circuit details as if the backpack generates new masks or keeps the mask stable in some way. Also, there are pegs on the outside that can hold the knife and pistol. So the knife can be secured in either the sheath or on the side of the backpack. There are holes that monkey’s paw and snake head can plug into on the backpack. There are also pegs to hook these on his belt if you prefer.
Another possibility on that mask storage is that he peeled the face off a victim and he needs to keep it cool until he can use it to access the biometric scanner at a secret facility. It is a grisly awesome mask, and a nice throwback to the v1.
It doesn’t look like it will fit on him, but it does, and tucks in beyond the cowl/hood.
He has a great looking hood and scarf, both of which are removeable.
He looks great with or without them.
There are a ton of great details. Check out his hideous belt buckle. It is unpainted, and hides behind his second belt that attaches to the knife sheath. But that is all kinds of evil!
The sheath is on the back, and is NOT removeable or adjustable. But it holds the knife snug without issues.
Another technology improvement is there are no pins visible in his elbows or knees!
All in all, I really like Zartan and can strongly recommend him if you find him in the wild or want to order him online.
I will leave you with some additional pictures I took of him with the motorcycle that came with the Punisher. I specifically bought that set so Zartan would have a bike when I eventually found Zartan.