Well, I really really thought I was done with the snow themed figures a few days ago. Along came spring, and along with it, another snow storm. For the occasion, I broke out another fella in white. This time it’s the second version of Iceberg.
In 1993, I was fully into GI Joe and action figure collecting as an adult. Gone were the clandestine trips to Childrens Palace and Toys R Us, and the quiet detours to the WalMart toy aisles. I had blossomed into a full-blown toy geek, unashamed to trek to the toy stores and proudly plop an entire wave of new action figures on the counter. “No, Ms. Checkout Clerk, these are not for my nephew, and I do not need a gift receipt. They’re for me. And yes, I’m going to play with them.”
I picked up this Iceberg remembering that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original as a kid. My opinion of that figure has since changed, but I still find it disappointing in terms of accessories. The poor guy didn’t even come with a backpack. This Iceberg remedies that situation, with the usual Battle Corps array of colored weapons attached to a plastic tree. Unlike some of the Battle Corps line’s other figures, Iceberg’s accessories made sense in relation to his specialty. I found myself most impressed with his snowboard.
Though yellow probably isn’t the best color to choose as an accent for an arctic operative, I find the addition of bold color intriguing. The explosion/leaf shaped camo pattern is another touch of strangeness, and the sort of thing I’d expect to see on a Lanard figure. Wait a minute, I think I have seen it. Maybe the bright yellow gloves and mask were the only colors the team could buy in the waning years of their heyday. Crazy colors aside, this is one of the best arctic figure molds in the line, filled with a lot of detail and some cool texture. Unfortunately, it was one of the ’93 molds that didn’t get a repaint the next year.