Ice Cream Soldier (1994)
Let’s get the name out of the way first. According to his file card, Ice Cream Soldier’s code name is meant to be ironic, given that he’s a flamethrower commando. So you may ask yourself, “how did Hasbro think up such a stupid name? That’s just pure laziness calling him Ice Cream Soldier.” Well, suppress your nerd rage for a moment and read on.
The origin of the name goes back to the Sgt. Rock comics, and refers to a new member of Easy Company who was given the nickname in derision, as he was initially reluctant and would “melt” in battle. He later proved to be a capable fighter in the snow and decided to keep his moniker. So, the code name that many fans thought of as the stupidest in Joe history turns out to be an homage to an old war comic.
Yes, it’s the same story as a lot of other late line releases; great mold, horrible colors. Yeah, he’s bright orange and yellow, I get it. The mold was released twice again as Shock Viper (still a flamethrower, but now a Cobra) and sported both a red/blue and a red/bronze paint scheme. So if you don’t dig neon, you can take your pick of those two.
The figure looks the part of a trooper who operated in a hostile environment, and is appropriately covered from head to toe, although I’m disappointed at the lack of a backpack and hose for his primary weapon. The helmet, particularly the visor, is an odd shape and looks almost (dare I say it) like something Lanard would design.
I can understand an evil organization like Cobra employing flamethrowers, but why did the Joes still utilize a weapon that the US military abandoned in the 1970’s?