Big Ben (1993)
Released as a member of the mail-in International Action Force four pack, Big Ben was repainted to reflect the more colorful palette prevalent in the last two series of 90s Joes. His original 1991 version is one of the best of that under-appreciated bunch. By the 2000s, collectors had been treated to several more releases of the character, and I daresay many of us suffered from Big Ben Burnout. But in 1993, he was a good figure to get hold of again.
I’ve always seen Big Ben as a cold weather trooper thanks to his headgear and thick jacket. The addition of light grey highlights on this version further emphasizes this aspect of his character for me. I’m not sure what environment his pants will fit into, but again the later series were all about eye-catching color. Despite the recolor, the mold’s personality shines through. Ben’s expression is one of my favorites, as he’s full of determination.
The entire group of the IAF was sparsely accessorized. None of the figures came equipped with a backpack, and poor Spirit only brandished a knife. Big Ben received a Tunnel Rat machine gun, a better weapon than the funky laser rifle that Big Bear carried.