General Flagg (2004)
Deaths in comics have become tiresome. Every major character who’s killed off, no matter how much the writers repeat, “yes he’s staying dead”, don’t stay dead. Even Captain America’s Bucky, long held out in the “staying dead” camp, was brought back to modern comics. General Flagg, the Joe team’s commanding general, was the first member to be killed in action in the comics, and he’s also notable as one of the precious few characters in comics that remains dead.
The comic pack series of the 2000’s were a great way for comic fans to finally get some oft-requested characters in toy form. Not only were comic-styled Joes who differed from their original toy versions made, but some comic-only characters finally became immortalized in plastic. General Flagg, while not as highly demanded as others like Kwinn and Horrorshow, was still a welcome addition to the Joe ranks.
A dress uniform or business suit mold has been on many Joe fans’ wish list for years. While it was never truly achieved within the Real American Hero line, Hasbro made some noble attempts with the tooling that was available. A suitable torso (pun intended) appeared with the release of Headman in 1992. This double-breasted zoot suit wasn’t a perfect representation of a miltary dress jacket, but it was a decent approximation. The field pants taken from Big Ben of course don’t translate as well, and seem out of place. The 1987 Gung Ho dress marine pants would have been a better fit, but one would assume that the parts simply weren’t available for use.
Like most of the comic packs, the newly sculpted head is a very good representation of the comic depiction. The General’s usually stern expression is well represented, and the removable cap is a nice extra touch.
In a strange mix-up, the file card describes the Battle Corps General Flagg, who was the son of the Joes’ commanding general.