One of the things I’ve always loved about the GI Joe line has been its ability to incorporate military designs and styles from different recent eras and somehow make them work. Dogfight’s look is influenced by a bygone era or fighter jocks in the mid 20th century. He doesn’t so much resemble a straight World War II pilot as he does a character from a late 40’s movie serial or a 50’s TV show, especially with the huge wings on his hat and his silver earphones. I expect him to open his mouth and tell me to get out my secret decoder ring.
The late 80’s series drivers became more outlandish in some respects, but were interesting nonetheless. It seemed Hasbro was puling out all the stops for new design elements on the driver figures, including some intricate and exotic removable helmets. The driver figures also were more likely to get a sidearm, and most of them were never before seen sculpts. Dogfight’s scoped pistol is no exception, and like many driver weapons, was unfortunately never reused.
Dogfight has got to be in the mustache Hall of Fame for the cookie duster he’s sporting. That said, I have to wonder if maybe he was designed to be a new version of Wild Bill.