“If the real thing don’t do the trick, no
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn it to the wick
Such were the words of rocking sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. What’s it got to do with a GI Joe vehicle? Nothing other than the title, plus I love the intro riff to that song. There’s no way to effectively communicate via prose a chunky palm muted power chord followed by a ringing harmonic, so I thought some lyrics would satisfy my need for a lame reference. You’re welcome.
We don’t feature vehicles here nearly as much as we should, considering that the 80s and 90s Joe line was as much about the rides as the guys. Sometimes it’s difficult to get the larger examples into a space large enough for a decent photo shoot. Some are better suited to outdoor or dio shots, and I just don’t have the time to get those kind of setups accomplished. For the Barracuda, I suppose I could have thrown it in the kids’ pool or even the bathtub, as I’m sure that’s where it spent a lot of time back in the day.
The features of the toy are centered around real aquatic adventures. The main draw is a real diving action that is basically the same baking soda powered action that has been around since the old diving figures and subs of the 1950s, now made possible via a tablet. The same feature was also a part of the Toxo Lab set. Spring loaded torpedos are also built in, although the firing mechanism is in the top of the ship. Extra missiles store in the usual torpedo locations on the hull.
Speaking of the hull, the Barracuda had a reverse color scheme variation, with the blue and black switched. Other 90s vehicles like the Scorpion also had the same kind of variation. Overall, the Barracuda isn’t all that interesting beyond its features, and only accommodates a single figure. Considering the colors, I find it actually matches up well with the Cobra Eels rather than the Joes.