Review – G.I. Joe Combat Squad Deep Six (8-inch)

My second review of the action figures from the 2007 ToysRUs exclusive Land * Sea * Air box set* — see my Backblast review here for the first figure from the set — Deep Six continues our look at the G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 action figures ( search*). And, since I really should do this, I’ll start with the box that all three toys were packaged in.


You can see the fantastic box in the pics above and below, and when you keep in mind that each of the three action figures is about 8-inches tall then you really start to appreciate just how big the box is. A great design — I especially love that Gianni Lopergolo photo on the back of the box — the box really helps sell the toys. And when you keep in mind that the set was $30 when it was new (according to the review at Sigma 6 Central) then the packaging — and entire set of toys — becomes far more impressive.

Another Repaint

Just like Backblast (review here), Deep Six is a repaint of an earlier Sigma 6 action figure, this time the Sea Ops Duke. And again, without owning the original and the toy being all new to me, I find Deep Six far cooler than the Sigma 6 Central review does. I guess one real benefit to ignoring the series when it was first new is that every figure in this 2007 ToysRUs exclusive Land * Sea * Air box set* is a completely new toy for me.


Exactly the same articulation we’ve seen in the other Sigma 6 action figures I’ve already reviewed. If you haven’t yet read those reviews then hit each one — Zartan review, Inferno review, Toxic Zartan review — and you’ll know everything I do about the standard Sigma 6 articulation.


And this, like all of the Sigma 6 action figures that I’ve opened, is where things start to get really fun.

  • Rifle/Pistol – Deep Six has a pistol over which a spring-loaded rifle snaps into place, meaning you can either display the toy with the over-sized weapon or the smaller pistol. I personally prefer the pistol look, but if I were a kid I would be firing that missile constantly!
  • Knife – Exactly what it looks and sounds like. Basic, but a knife is always a fun accessory, especially for a character designed to operate underwater.

  • Sea Vehicle – The backpack Deep Six is wearing is also intended to be used as a small vessel. The instructions tell you to pop the pack off of his back and let him grasp it in front of his chest, but I didn’t like the look and think it’s much better as a backpack than a sea sled of some sort.
  • Helmet & Fins – If you’re gonna swim underwater then these are necessary. As with Backblast (review here) that translucent visor is awesome. It is, really.


Deep Six has great colors, with the black and yellow accent design gorgeous to look at. There are a few nasty spots here and there — the worst is some yellow on a black shoulder — but the detail of the eyes kinda makes up for the few sloppy spots on the figure’s black body. Not the greatest paint we’ve seen, but I like the color choices and the bad spots are fairly minor and I can easily ignore them once the toy is displayed with the other figures in the line.

Closing Thoughts

Considering how very new I am to the Sigma 6 series — any of you who have been following the site have seen how recent this obsession struck — I can say that the 2007 ToysRUs exclusive Land * Sea * Air box set* was a great buy. Three figures in a single box is usually a great thing, and this time around it’s three figures that have all made me quite happy. I can understand where an experienced site like Sigma 6 Central reviewing this set at the end of the line could be a bit disappointed with all of the parts reuse, but for someone like me this set is pure gold.

Recommended only if you’re as new to Sigma 6 as I am or you’re after a complete run of the 8-inch G.I. Joe action figures of 2005, 2006, and 2007.

9 thoughts on “Review – G.I. Joe Combat Squad Deep Six (8-inch)

  1. Hey Philip,

    Great to see someone else getting into Sigma 6. It is definitely one of my all time favorite toylines. The packaging for this set was absolutely huge, but what was ever larger was the box in which Toys R’ Us shipped it to me. It was a massive cardboard box that seemed more appropriate for a Power Wheels or an unassembled clubhouse. I still remember the day in 1997 when I came dragging that massive box back from our apartment complex office; my wife had no clue what I had purchased at first.

  2. @Barbecue17 – Was that an official shipping carton, or just a standard ToysRUs box? I guess they wanted to be sure the toys were well protected!

    1. It was just a Toys R’ Us box. I guess Toys R’ Us didn’t have anything in between big and small so they just had to use what fit. And what fit was crazy huge.

  3. The water line of figures were always my favourite (GiJoe, Centurions etc) so this one is right down my alley.

    Deffinatly a simple release design and accesory wise but really shows how strong the Sigma 6 toys were on their own.

    Keep em comin!

  4. @Court – Will do, lots more Sigma 6 on the way! I’m looking forward to getting more of the water-based figures to see how they look together.

  5. This set does look like fun, but I passed it up several times. Mostly because I felt like I had plenty of Sigma 6 figures at the time, and since these were mostly repaints they didn’t interest me.
    However, I am mad at myself for passing up Cobra Commander (black with white cape) and Zartan a few times when TRU was basically giving them away (I think they were on sale for $10, and buy one get one free). I had completely boxed up all my sigma 6 and thought I was done with them. Oh well…

  6. I’m really enjoying these Sigma 6 reviews. I haven’t done much with my figures in a while, and it’s nice to think about them again, and to read about your discovery and enjoyment of the line.

  7. @ryanlb – I can’t wait for the Adventure Team set I ordered to arrive so I can review that one! It was the pics of that line that got me excited about Sigma 6.

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