Though the Funskool GI Joes consisted of a lot of straight remakes of domestic US figures, there were also plenty of oddities mixed in. Near the end of the run, things got really weird. Remember the very literally accessorized Windmill? This Grunt falls somewhere along a less crazy line in terms of his look, although he’s still equipped with one strange item.
The 1991 Grunt on which this figure is based has mystified me. He looked a little too civilian, with his open collared shirt and strange pants. Speaking of which, exactly what is going on with his pants? They kind of look like flight suit pants, with all the zippers and pockets. Maybe they’re 80s parachute pants. With this repaint, the outfit looks even more like a civilian, or at least something more along the lines of airfield support personnel. Is this even supposed to be Grunt? Even the 1991 original had the black flattop. Did he dye his hair when he left the Joe team?
Looking at the green recolor of the Lifeline case, one might think he’s supposed to be a medic. The case actually holds the secret of the awesome extra play value item included in the package. I’m talking about the free GI Joe tattoo maker. Okay, actually, it’s just a rubber stamp, but we can pretend, can’t we? This has to be the most amazing in-package premium since face camo. I can’t wait to stamp my own GI Joe tattoos! Hide the kids!
In a stroke of whacked-out genius, the ink pad for the tattoo maker is inside the Lifeline case. Now that’s truly blurring the lines between toy and reality. For the first time, Joes can interact with a package insert. Grunt likes to wield his stamper and deface the sides of Cobra vehicles and bases. Luckily, he’s got arms large enough to be able to heft it. Take that, Cobra!