Drop Zone (1990)
The Sky Patrol figures’ packaging touted the “Working Silver Parachute” as a big selling point. Don’t get me wrong, attaching parachutes to toys and throwing them up in the air is fun as all get out. But for me, Sky Patrol is memorable for the figures themselves. Creative repaints, new interesting weapons and cool helmets come together to create what is my favorite Joe sub-team.
All of the Sky Patrol members were repaints of older driver figures. Hasbro simply added new heads, helmets and weapons. The weapons from the series included some of the most original designs up to that point, and although some of the rifles were outsized and saw re-release later, all were unique to the individuals at that time. Drop Zone was one of two Sky Patrol figures whose weapons attached to their bodies. The chest mounted machine guns are just the sort of crazy thing that works well in GI Joe.
The Strato-Viper mold is one of the most stylish Cobra outfits of the line, with its fitted style and double breasted jacket. Its use lends Drop Zone a dashing look that belies his file card bio, which refers to him as “a true GI Joe dogface.”