WalMart Kung Fu Grip Sea Adventurer

In August, 2007, WalMart introduced five reproductions of the original Kung Fu Grip Adventure Team members. This is the Sea Adventurer. Here we see the old-style box, not seen on store shelves since the 1970s.

The ad for the five is in magazines.

This is a nicely coordinated resurgence of the Adventure Team with Kung Fu Grip. The Club Exclusive figures are accurate reproductions of the pre-KFG Joes with the "nosepicker" hands. The WalMart Joes are less accurate in many respects, but the look and feel are well re-created. One thing I'm not overly fond of is the head sculpt, which uses the 40th Anniversary head which is molded from grayer plastic, and is not as wide in the face.

The Figure

The box comes with a plastic form insert in which Joe is wired firmly. Which makes no sense to me because I would think such wiring is designed to prevent the Joe from easily sliding out of his box and stolen. However, since the plastic form is in no way attached to the box, it is easily slid out of his box and stolen.

The figure inside is a nice version of the Sea Adventurer (with the exception of his freakishly colored hair) complete with his two-tone blue, shoulder holster and a gray Lebel pistol.

There is some dissatisfaction from fans because the original Adventure Team with Kung Fu Grip did not come with the shoulder-holster and pistol, but a rifle and strap. The original "nosepicker" AT Joes did come with the shoulder-holster and pistol, however. Personally, I think that most people remember the shoulder holsters and would think that the figures wouldn't feel like Adventure Team without the shoulder-holster and pistol. I also think that tossing in the rifle would have been a great move.

The figure also comes with a form to join the GI Joe Collectors' Club.

Front Face

The hair flocking is good on this one but the color is bizarre. I mean this is a day-glo version of red hair that would make Carrrot Top envious. It certainly does not in any way resemble the original Sea Adventurer's hair tone. Weirdly, another pseudo-Sea Adventurer made by Hasbro (the Eight Ropes of Danger TC Joe) has freakishly wrong red hair as well. I have no idea why Hasbro can't get the color of the Sea Adventurer's hair right. The GI Joe Collectors' Club does a good job getting the hair color right on their Sea Adventurer.

The figure comes with a nicely accurate reproduction of the plastic Adventure Team dog-tag.


I find this a great reproduction. The headsculpt, the hair, the eye paint, everything is quite nice. I can't vouch for accuracy compared to the original because I don't have one to compare it to. It does, however, look great, and recreates the feel of the original AT figure well. 7/10

Overall Rating


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