Deep Six (1984)
Back in 1984, I bought Deep Six and his vehicle, the SHARC, because of both the Marvel comic and the figure’s action feature. The comic heavily featured Deep Six and his ride in an iconic issue that also fully debuted Zartan. How could I have resisted begging my parents to buy me every toy that showed up in that issue? As Kirk Bozigian has said, the Hasbro marketing crew back then truly was diabolical!
Although the SHARC itself isn’t one of my favorite vehicles these days, I loved the thing when it was new. Looking back on the design of Deep Six and the SHARC, I can feel a sort of vibe back to the GI Joe sub of the 12 inch era.It’s not so much the look of the toys as the groove I get from their use. I don’t know if that was the intention of the designers, but for me it’s a neat little bridge between the eras.
The actual figure had the coolest diving action feature that was perfect for use in a pool. 1984 was a banner year for Joe vehicles hanging out in our family pool. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize at the time the effects of chlorinated water on plastics. Subsequently, both my SHARC and Water Mocassin turned funky colors.
Sure, Deep Six is one of the most limited figures of the time in terms of articulation, but it’s only a side effect of a pretty neat little feature. While a normally articulated figure dressed in his non-diving apparel would have been a nice addition (say for a 2000s era comic pack) the good old original Deep Six brick will always be a cool reminder of 80s summer fun with Joes at the pool.