Fast Draw (1987)
Fast Draw is one of those Joe figures that make you wonder just how the idea came about. Granted, there have been many far-out almost science fiction elements in the line since the beginning. The JUMP jet pack stands out in my mind as one of those things that have been dreamed of, but will probably never be a practical technology. You know, like the flying car. By the way, it’s the 21st century; where’s my flying car? Anyway,the same goes for the concept of a human missile platform. Sounds good on paper, but when you really think about it, the luster wears off.
At least some thought was put into whether the poor guy would be incinerated when he fired his missiles, as his uniform is well protected with fireproof coverings on the chest and legs, although his arms are strangely less well protected from the heat.
The wearer’s ability to remain upright (when firing as well as when walking around–that thing’s gotta weigh hundreds of pounds!) is another practicality issue. He would seem to be at risk of going ass over teakettle when the missiles go off. What’s that old saying about equal and opposite reactions?
The overall look is less than appealing to me. I’m a sucker for bright colors as well as realism, but guy’s color palette just doesn’t come together. I think that a bolder color choice would have piqued my interest. Hmm, sounds like a good custom idea.