Hard Drive (2004)
There was a time when electronics didn’t have as large a presence on the battlefield. There was a time when radios were about as sophisticated as communications got for ground troops. It should have been no surprise that among the GI Joe team of the 80’s and 90’s, the computer specialist position was mainly filled by one man: Mainframe. While one could consider communications guys like Breaker and Dial Tone to be among the same kind of high tech field, I suppose it’s not really the same.
A new computer specialist was a natural for the 2000’s, with the spread of high technology in the armed forces. Sure, they could have just called this figure Mainframe, but I’m glad they didn’t. The team’s original computer tech specialist (and all around tough soldier and Marine) deserves a promotion. I like to think he oversees the new blood, making sure they stay in line. I say that because the file card has a quote from Hard Drive that says that combat is like a “boss battle” and he always has plenty of carbs, energy bars and soda on hand. You’ve got to be kidding me. Or as Beachhead might say, “Gamers in GI Joe! What’s happenin’ to this outfit?”
I’ll spare you all the details about how this figure is really short in stature, and the usual new sculpt era gripes. Actually, most of the issues of the time don’t really bother me, aside from the teeny tiny hands. I like the funky colors, the flip-up wrist computer is a nifty little addition, and the new backpack is a welcome change in an era that too often reused old RAH packs.
The body made another appearance in the DTC line as Med Alert, a new Joe medic. That’s ironic. First they try to replace Mainframe with this mold, then Lifeline. Finally, here’s an odd turn; I’d like to see this figure done in the vintage o-ring style. Why? Maybe it’s the colors, but I get a Battle Corps feel from it.