Late series distribution problems seem to be a theme in the collecting community, whether you’re talking about the toy collecting boom of the 90’s or today. Collect a line long enough and at some point, it’s going to raise its ugly head. Collectors get nervous when word circulates that a particular assortment is getting short shrift in terms of availability. The modern collector is fortunate, however, that he doesn’t have to rely on the hype of one or two magazines, but can instead get the latest info from other collectors online. Power to the people!
Alpine hails from DVD battle pack number five, a set that was an absolute bugger for me to find back when it was released. I was fortunate that I ordered it online at the time, as I never did see it at retail. The pack was one of my favorites of the bunch, as it also included a chrome faceplate version of Cobra Commander, the Cobra Paratrooper (with improved head and Sunbow rifle) and Hollerin’ Duke with jetpack.
The 25th anniversary series seemed to be the proving ground for the parts reuse and modular webgear/accessories concepts of the current line. Alpine turns out to be a very effective interpretation of his classic look, using Snow Job’s arms and legs with new torso and head. It’s still amazing what can be achieved with just a few added touches; the jacket, gauntlets and even a leg clip for his grappling hook. He’s also done up in some slightly brighter colors than the vintage figure, which I think adds some much needed contrast to the design.