Flint was another figure that I obtained back in the day via a trade with a grade school friend. Unfortunately, I can’t recall what or who I traded to get him. I do know that he was complete initially, but I soon lost his shotgun. Even sans weapon, Flint quickly became one of my favorite Joes, and was in a position of command in my forces, even moreso than his second-to-Duke role in the Sunbow cartoon.
Parts of the figure seem thin and I daresay dainty compared to some later figures. Then again, it could just be they look small in relation to Flint’s big forearms. I’ve seen quite a few o-ring customs over the years that use Flint’s legs as the basis for female characters. I’ve also thought that his chest looked a little “busty” but maybe I’m just imagining things.
Flint is another figure whose sculpt isn’t totally on par with his package art. I remember thinking, even all those years ago, that his beret seemed to sit unusually high on his head, and the face didn’t look as tough in comparison to the image on his card. I do however like the fact that they mention his lopsided grin in the file card.
I also liked Flint because of his Midwestern background. He hails from Wichita, Kansas, which although not exactly next door to my hometown, was still fairly close to a Joe hailing from my area. Which reminds me, why are there no Joes from my hometown of Kansas City, MO? I know some folks consider it cowtown flyover country, but throw us a bone, Hasbro. I guess St Louis gets all the glory (as usual) with Duke.