Colonel Courage (1993)
Where do Joes get their code names? Is it a meticulous process presided over by members of command, looking at a soldier’s personality back ground and accomplishments, and sometimes throwing in a pun here and there, or is it done on a peer basis, with the other Joes informally coming up with a nickname that just seems to stick?
Sometimes Joes have code names that are purely descriptive, while others are more conceptual. Still others put the character’s rank in the name, as is the case with Colonel Courage. I figured that he’d have one of those pun names, where his last name was actually Courage, but that was not the case. His name also doesn’t refer to a theme of his character, like Capt. Grid-Iron. A more appropriate code name would be Colonel Cipher, as this guy has been a no show in Joe media. That’s what you get though when you fly a desk.
Two things about the figure disappoint me. First, the lack of a removable helmet. Since the beginning of the line, a removable helmet has been standard. Not including one as part of the design is always frustrating. Second, is the strange, milky plastic that makes up the torso and arms. It makes for an odd appearance that for me just ruins the look of an otherwise solid figure.
One final aspect of the figure that cracks me up is his tie (which is a bit lost amongst that awful plastic of his shirt). His character is supposed to be all about discipline and spit-and-polish, but how many Joes wear ties? It’s even called out as part of his equipment on the file card. The character’s concept just seems out of place amongst the Joes, who don’t place a whole lot of emphasis on rank, much less a dress code.