The 50th Anniversary GI Joe offerings were, taken as a whole, a mixed bag for me. Along with cool previously unreleased figures such as Flint and the Ice Viper and vehicles like the VAMP Mark II and Cobra WOLF, there were some almost straight-up re-releases. Disappointing? Yes, particularly when these figured took up slots that could have been occupied by more in-demand product. After all, this whole thing was directed mainly at us collectors, right? So instead of throwing a Money Bags Destro redo out there, we got Blowtorch. But wait, he’s different. See that little gold outline on his left shoulder? That’s new. Cool, huh?
Actually, I can’t find myself being too hard on this figure. Maybe my opinion continues to be colored by nostalgia for the 1984 version. Even though this is a retread of the Pursuit of Cobra figure, I’m still reminded of what an improvement it was over the with Anniversary version. I also find myself more inclined to display him with his rifle than the flamethrower. Something about that weapon being stowed on the backpack looks cool. Add the fire axe to his free hand and you’ve got some serious melee combat capabilities.
Finally, if you haven’t gotten enough of this figure, there’s a green repaint coming, based on an early color design of the original 1980s figure. Yeah, I’ll buy it too.