Hit & Run (2015)
Its time to get back to coverage of 2015’s exclusive sets, and over the next few days we’ll be looking at the Toys R Us multi-packs. Up first is the Vanishing Act set featuring Hit & Run, Torpedo and Zartan. This isn’t the only version of Hit & Run to be released this year, as the Collectors’ Club has its own version based on the classic green deco. I suppose that partially explains why this one is done up in urban camo. There’s apparently also an evolving story among some of the 2015 Joes involving a new subteam called Wolf squad (thanks to reader Acer for reminding me of that) of which H & R is a member. He’s even got a tiny squad patch on his uniform. On to the figure…
Ye-gads, what happened here? Staring us in the face is a figure whose skin is an unearthly pallor. Okay, I realize the exposed skin areas are meant to represent some sort of camouflage paint, but I still can’t get over how odd he looks.
The original Hit & Run figure from the 80s had its skin done up in a camo color, so it only makes sense that this new iteration would follow suit. The only problem here is–well–the color. Maybe it should have been green like the original, but that may not have worked considering the figure is outfitted in grey. As it stands, we’ve got a Joe who looks like he’s been turned to stone.
The rest of the toy is pretty effective, featuring the upgraded modern articulation that become fairly standard in the line. He just seems more like a specialized version of the character more suited to a particular mission. As such, you may not find him too useful beyond an urban operation. I can’t really say much more than Hit & Run turned out really odd. Not awful, not great, just odd. I almost want to say that it should be some other character. He just as easily could have been called Airborne or Footloose. For once, I’m kind of at a loss to say much more. Maybe I can revisit him sometime down the road and get a different feel for the figure.