It’s been snowing a lot in my corner of the world over the last two weeks, and I saw it as an opportunity to break out some of the cold weather themed figures that I hadn’t covered yet. I had been finding it difficult to set up photos for them, since some sort of snowy looking ground or background is needed. I still feel a bit bad for taking a shot of Snow Job set up inside a stone castle interior, but what can you do? Maybe I should have sprinkled a bit of baking powder under his skis, like the old catalog photo.
So here’s Frostbite in his natural environment–real snow! His big claim to fame for me, aside from driving the Snow Cat, was the fact that he was a driver figure that included a rifle. And what a rifle it is; the scoped M-16, one of the absolute coolest GI Joe weapons. This weapon found its way into many figures’ hands over the years, especially Stalker, after I had read the Snake Eyes origin comic issues.
I acquired Frostbite and the Snow Cat in one of many childhood trades. Again, I had traded Star Wars toys for it. I think it may have been the Turret and Probot set, ironic considering they were both snow related. On the subject of Star Wars, Frostbite’s grinning face brings to mind the friendly countenances of the vintage Star Wars action figures. Those were such kind looking toys. Anyway, Frostbite really looks like a happy, amiable chap. Maybe he’s smiling because he’s wearing cozy warm mittens.
Looking back at the figure from a historical perspective, I have to wonder if the bearded head sculpt was meant to be a callback to the Adventure Team era. I’ve thought the same thing about the 1982-83 series’ bearded figures as well. To further belabor the AT point, if you remove the missile rack and missile skis from the Snow Cat, it could make for a passable Adventure Team vehicle. It just needs a bright yellow paint job.