Among the many cool things the Pursuit of Cobra line accomplished, it improved on a few figures released as part of the 25th anniversary assortments. Blowtorch really isn’t all that new, but he incorporates some small details that make the figure stand out from its previous version.
When this figure was announced, I thought it would just be a re-hash of the 25th anniversary figure, which was itself a disappointment to me. Blowtorch was one of my favorite 80s figures, and I loved the playability it had thanks to the accessories. The modern version just didn’t stand up to it. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened this figure however. It has some great new extra elements that really add to the figure’s displayability. The mold is the same as the 2009 figure, but mine at least seems to have a better fit and finish in a couple areas. The mask and chestplate in particular seem to fit more snugly. Other items, like the flamethrower that now stores on the backpack, are still great features.
Of course, the colors aren’t the straight homage to the 1984 figure, but they do improve the look of the figure in relation to other modern era Joes. The green mask and other highlights are small changes, but really help to break up the yellow and red. Speaking of green, I really was hoping to see the pre-production influenced green version of this figure. Maybe a future Figure Subscription assortment will work it in.
The little extras are what really interested me. Blowtorch could always have used a fire axe and a rifle. Thanks to the flamethrower storage, he can wield a rifle without having to throw his main weapon down. The alternate oxygen tank is also a nice added bonus, and is a precursor to the alternate backpack concept later seen with the modern Airtight.
As much as I like this new version, I still can’t get over the half smile on the head. Blowtorch has some new personality thanks to it, but I can’t help but be a little creeped out, especially since his head is usually pointing down a bit thanks to the ball joint. No, I’m not wearing asbestos underwear! Stop looking at me like that!