This is a figure that makes me want to see a modern adventure themed Joe line. What could be wrong with having a sub-line of modern GI Joe figures dedicated to non-military subjects like police, firefighters, paramedics and explorers or even scientists? The modern 12 inch line is already doing it with police and firefighters, and toy makers like Chap Mei are producing 3 & 3/4 inch scaled jungle, arctic and underwater sets, many with small vehicles and even animals, much like Joe’s old Adventure Team sets.
I know the Collectors Club recently produced a few small Joe sets based on their bigger 70’s ancestors, but I’m talking about going for a fresh take on the idea, a bit like Hasbro tried with the Sigma 6 Adventure Team sets. I think it could add some fresh excitement to the Joe line. It could even be a way to incorporate old Hasbro properties like COPS into the Joe universe. I’d buy those!
Depthcharge is another in a line of Joe divers who look like they could be civilians. The original versions of Torpedo to Wet-Suit and even the later Wet-Suit and other repaints had a kind of non-military vibe to me. Depthcharge fits the adventure theme to a T for me–the only thing missing is a giant shark for him to hunt.