REVIEW: ERNIE PYLE G.I. Joe
My father was a newspaperman when that occupation still had a decent reputation, before the present days of leftist, special-interest-group-motivated, corporate-owned "news" reporting. I suspect he would've been impressed with this newest G.I.Joe action figure. I know I am.
The G.I.JOE ERNIE PYLE figure is part of the D-DAY COLLECTION, which also includes the likes of a British Royal Marine Commando and an Omaha Beach Army Infantry figure, among others. I'm really not sure how good a likeness the figure is of Ernie Pyle. If the painted illustration on the package is any indication, then frankly it's an acceptable but not superb likeness. But I'd want to see a photo of Mr. Pyle to be certain about that observation. There have been a few comments online that the figure looks more than a bit like Patrick Stewart, and it's a good chance to make a 12" Captain Jean-Luc Picard with better articulation than Playmates' version. Frankly, there is a resemblance.
The background profile on
Ernie Pyle reads as follows: He was a friend to the common soldier,
and the eyes and ears for millions of readers back home. Ernie Pyle
was born to a farming family near Dana, Indiana on August 3, 1900. He
attended Indiana State University but left before his senior year to
become a reporter. Working for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, he
Some online reviewers have noted that it was Pyle who coined the term "G.I.Joe". I personally don't know if that's accurate or not, but I'll state it here in the review. There was also a recent History Channel special on Mr. Pyle, entitled ERNIE PYLE: THE VOICE OF G.I.JOE.
The figure is very well made,
and comes with some truly superb
Overall, I am very impressed with the G.I.JOE ERNIE PYLE figure. It is a fitting tribute to a respected journalist who brought the war home to readers at a level not covered by most other newspapers. I most highly recommend this figure!