Bazooka (1988 Tiger Force)
So here’s Bazooka in his away jersey. I was never a big fan of either the figure or character back in the day. The figure just didn’t hold much interest for me, and I didn’t care for the cartoon version’s “sack of hammers” persona. I have since come to like both of the figures based on the original mold. I still don’t dig the doofus Sunbow Bazooka.
This Tiger Force version is interesting to me based mostly on its paint scheme. Of all the different Tiger Force color variations and patterns, the yellow stripes on green is my favorite. Sure, it’s not at all effective in a jungle situation, but when slapped onto a 3 & 3/4 inch figure, especially one as outlandish as Bazooka, it pushes all the right toy buttons for me. Bazooka’s very design, with the football jersey and bushy ‘stache is part of what I think made the Joe line’s design great in its heyday: interestingly designed and instantly recognizable characters that are distinct from one another. They may not be realistic, but what kid wants to play with a dozen identical green figures? Heck, you might as well play chess.