1993 was the year of strange mail aways. While the regular line was waning amongst a bevy of sub-lines, Hasbro Direct was offering odd recolors of recent and not-so-recent figures. Some were multi-packs, like the Arctic Commandos, the International Action Force, the Rapid Deployment Force (complete with a reused Pocket Patrol Pack!) and the Copter Pilot set, from which Interrogator here hails. There were also a few individual oddities like repaints of Deep Six and Hawk that looked like they’d made a trip to the Negative Zone, and of course the infamous Create A Cobra.
The 1991 Interrogator is one of those great hidden gems of the line, and was quite impressive considering he was available only as a pilot of a zip cord gimmick helicopter. The character was given a mysterious and interesting background that has resonated enough with fans that Hasbro has since released the figure in the new sculpt era as well as in a convention set. That’s a pretty amazing feat for a third tier figure from late in the RAH line.
When you’re looking at this version of the figure, try to remember that original and its great color scheme and cool background. It’ll help ease the pain, kind of like biting on a rolled up belt while a field medic amputates your arm. I’m known to be fond of the odd and unusual, but even I have a hard time coming up with a use for this figure.
In this get-up, I imagine he’d have a tough time getting anything other than belly laughs out of captured Joes. The best I can manage is to associate him with the Dreadnoks, since he shares a similar color scheme to the classic Sears Ground Assault set. He was a driver after all, so I forget the fact that he’s wearing Interrogator’s outfit, call him the Dreadnok Stinger Driver, and put him behind the wheel of the ‘Noks’ sweet sweet ride. Problem solved.