General Flagg (1992)
This figure was such a huge surprise to me in ’92. When I first saw the name, I wondered if someone at Hasbro had forgotten about the team’s original commanding officer being killed in the Marvel comic. It wasn’t until I actually bought the figure and read the file card that I understood what was happening with this guy. By the way, remember when the only way to get information on things like this was to actually go out to a store and pick the product up? Sure, there were toy magazines at the time, but they didn’t always get into details like this.
The other thing I wondered is why the Joes needed another General, especially after Hawk had gotten a makeover the previous year. Did this Flagg get a pass onto the Joe team because of his famous father?
Regardless, the look of the figure is pretty interesting, in a throwback sort of way, and falls more along the lines of the 1986 Hawk, with a battle ready appearance. It’s also notable that this figure also appears to be outfitted for cold weather, with his fur-lined jacket. The file card handily points out that he’s wearing an “official” World War II style US military officer’s hat. He’s also got his father’s belt buckle. Maybe it’s just me, but all of this strikes me as a bit like he’s pretending to be a World War II general on the weekends, kind of like those Civil War re-enactors. Maybe the smirking face sculpt is a hint, and he’s thinking of how he’s really fooled everyone into believing that he’s an actual general.
Removable hats are always a plus, at least when they look good. This one fits well, and though it’s a tad oversized, it doesn’t look too bad when placed on his head. The bulkiness of the sculpt offsets it somewhat. His missile launcher is one of the goofier affairs of the time, being a literal bomb catapult. I suppose it kind of adds to the overall throwback feel of the figure, but in the end reminds me of something from a Monty Python skit.
Overall, General Flagg is figure that looks nice when taken at face value, but whenever I think about his background, I have to wonder about his true purpose. He could just have easily been General Hawk. Though looking at that jacket one more time, with a little red and white paint, and a new hat, he could make for a great Santa Claus custom.