What a difference a little paint and parts swapping can make. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Duke figure upon which this Flint is based. I suppose some of it was due to the color, and some the character. The prospect of more Channing Tatum Dukes on the pegs doesn’t fill me with excitement.
Flint here is another placeholder until we get an “ultimate” version later. I think the figure fulfills its role well in the meantime. The addition of web gear disguises the mold a bit, and the splash of contrasting color blocks along with a subdued camo makes for a nice look overall. The head sculpt is very well done, and Flint finally gets a removable beret. Cool!
If you don’t like the figure as movie Flint, just give it a head swap to make any number of other Joes or even nameless troopers. That’s a fun element to these less than movie accurate figures. They can be a blank slate for some cool customs.
It wouldn’t be Retaliation without some sort of zip-line, and luckily Flint is equipped with one of the better working types. Flint gets a backpack that can shoot down the line thanks to the spring loaded claw missile. I’m having a lot of fun with these, and all this focus on zip-lining has me pining for a revival of another 80’s property that hasn’t gotten its due: Sky Commanders. It may not have had the deepest storyline or the marketing oomph of GI Joe, but there were some fun times to be had with that toyline’s unique gimmickry.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to scour my GI Joe parts bin for a suitable base with which to make a General Mike Summit custom. All that Phaeta Seven floating around the High Frontier isn’t going to contain itself. Hotwire!