Cover Girl’s figure doesn’t quite live up to her code name or to the reputation put forth in her file card as a stunning beauty. However, consider this is a figure produced in 1983, when female action figures weren’t all that prevalent, and the production techniques of the time didn’t lend themselves to the kind of detail and realism that we’re accustomed to today. Even the licensed toys of the day, like Star Wars’ Princess Leia, didn’t much resemble their actor counterparts, and neither did some Joe figures when compared to package art. Not a complaint, just an observation.

It helps if you think about these early figures for what they are: representations of the human form, meant to be played with by children aged 4 and up. We had a word for them a long time ago–wait, I remember–toys. All things being relative, she is more attractive than ’82-83 Scarlett.

All those years ago, I picked up Cover Girl in a trade. Oddly, I didn’t get the Wolverine, just her. As a female figure, I suppose she was easy trade bait within my group of friends. I think I traded a Star Wars figure for her, the type of trade unheard of in our circle. Usually Joes were only traded for Joes, especially since Star Wars had mostly run its course.

Like most of the early driver figures, she was weaponless. Now that I think about it, I don’t recall using her much during my play as a kid. I don’t think it was just because she was a female figure, I just literally had nothing for her to do. I’m sure she would have remained in her vehicle had I owned it.

Cover Girl didn’t get another release until 2006, when she was made part of a comic pack. Her mostly forgettable presence in the 2009 movie, and her bumbum-ugly action figure based on it were disappointing to say the least. But hey, things are looking up for Courtney, as 2013 will see her released as part of the Collectors Club’s Figure Subscription Service.

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