Alvin “Breaker” Kibbey (2005)
Breaker. He’s one of the original thirteen 80s Joes who have gotten rereleases over the years, but not a redesign. He’s been in comic packs as both an o-ring and modern style figure, and he’s had a place in the Stars and Stripes set back in 1997. Okay, okay I take back the lack of a redesign statement, since the S & S version was a different look for him. What am I saying, that fugly figure doesn’t even count. Heck, it barely counts as a GI Joe. Don’t believe me? Go check it out.
Breaker is also a character whose appearance varied from the Hasbro figure to the Marvel comic to the Sunbow cartoon. The toy was bearded, and outfitted in the short sleeve version of the basic green 1982 uniform. The comic Breaker was clean shaven, and always seemed to be chewing gum. He was also frequently dressed in the long sleeve uniform of the comic, along with the red collar prevalent in early issues. The Sunbow version was also a bit different, and although he was bearded, he wasn’t wearing the same sort of year one webgear.
This figure, part of a DTC comic three pack, follows the comic design fairly closely, albeit without Breaker’s most important accessory, his headset. Instead, he’s been given a black Firefly field phone. I hate to get all fanboyish here, but that is such a lame substitution. With all the other accessories, and even 80s figure parts that were totally retooled during the era, would it have broken Hasbro’s bank to remake the classic headset and backpack for this version? In just a few years, a modern era version at least got a headset. Bummer.
As much as the o-ring comic packs lacked in the little details, I still find something to like about them. Maybe it’s the bright comic style color. I liked the style so much that I stocked up on Breaker’s pack of figures as part of a plan to make customs of as many of the original thirteen Joes as possible. Consequently, I have a veritable army of skiing Scarletts and clear popsicle blue hologram Cobra Commanders floating about in my parts bins.