The 90’s began impressively for GI Joe with a lot of new characters and a plethora of accessories for many of the figures. Bullhorn is no exception. Just the mask and sniper rifle would have been good enough. But we got an actual bullhorn and a modular rifle, a first for the Joe line. Cool accessories all around.
The character had a fair amount of appearances in the DIC series. I know that’s not saying much, but it’s better than most of the era’s figures fared. Some classics of the late line never saw an animated appearance. Bullhorn, like most of the DIC stable was quite the non-entity, a shame really and a reminder of the talent involved with the previous series’ writing and voice acting. The file card paints him as a really unique individual, and it would have been fun to see in a quality portrayal of him.
The mold is a fun one, combining some interesting design elements that one wouldn’t think of for your basic hostage negotiator. Don’t those guys usually just wear suits or basic tactical gear? That’s not good enough for the Joe team. As the 90’s Joe saying goes, you gotta get tough. You also gotta get dressed to the nines and make a statement, no matter your specialty.
The mask is a classic, though it would have been nicer if done in a clear plastic to resemble the card art. Finally, I’ve always wondered about the colorings on his face, and just what they’re meant to be. Did he attend Zandar’s Success With Unexplained Facial Markings seminar?