Boomerang Billie (Lanard CORPS!)

I’m a sucker for Lanard’s CORPS line, particularly the 80s and 90s figures. I’m a little sad to report that apparently there won’t be a big local Lanard warehouse sale event this fall. I was really looking forward to picking up some of the 12 inch K-9 Corps figures. Guess, I should’ve grabbed that chainsaw wielding werewolf figure when I spotted it last year. Oh well, live and learn. Speaking of redecoed Lanard figures, I of course am also more drawn to the repaints from the 1990s. The color scheme on Billie here doesn’t make much sense, but I don’t care.

I can only imagine this figure’s mold was less inspired by a 1980s GI Joe character than it was by the sensation that was Paul Hogan AKA Crocodile Dundee. That guy was everywhere for a while. I suppose you could compare Billie to Recondo, since he’s sporting a boonie hat and cookie duster. However, he’s also equipped with three boomerangs. The weapons are impressive in that they all store handily in his backpack. I always find that kind of stuff really neat. The rifle might look familiar, if you have a GI Joe Lampreys figure close by. As far as other weapons, Billie does have a knife, although it’s molded on. I suppose I could pilfer one from a Joe figure and make a horribly hackneyed “that’s not a knife” joke.

A question for Australian readers: is this sort of imagery considered offensive? He seems to me like he might be seen as a horrible stereotype. Of course, Lanard were no strangers to cultural insensitivity in the 90s (witness Tracker Tom).

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