Dial-Tone (1986 Special Mission: Brazil)
Store exclusives. Often times the bane of a collector’s existence. The experience of looking for an exclusive can be frustrating. Sometimes the store gets the item once or twice and it’s gobbled up before you can get there. That stinks. Sometimes the store in question isn’t located within a reasonable distance. That really stinks.
Unfortunately, my hometown didn’t have a Toys R Us in 1986 (we had Children’s Palace) so I didn’t get a chance at the Mission Brazil set back then. I probably would not have bought it anyway, since I already had all the figures in the set. Well, except for Capt. Easily Broken Crotch himself, Claymore. But I didn’t come here to talk about him. I came to talk about the variant of one Jack S. Morelli.
When a select group of GI Joes were sent to Brazil in 1986, they were all given a new set of duds to wear. That’s a mighty impressive display of military spending. I’ve often wondered, does the Department of Defense see and approve of all the uniform color changes the Joes go though, or does Hawk just conveniently leave those line items off his budget? I don’t mind the recolor, but I also don’t find it as useful as the iconic first version. Maybe it was the latest fashion in 1986 Brazil. Mrs. Joe A Day added her own review of the outfit with this little nugget: “Dial-Tone? How about dial it down a tone?”