Knockdown was the last GI Joe figure I purchased as a young kid collector. Should a kid be called a collector, by the way? I mean, I was buying these things to play with them in the dirt, not to keep them in their package, seal them in bulletproof Lucite and admire the finer points of their sculpts and designs. Having said that, however, I was certainly not enamored of this figure’s look even back then.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I used to have a real dislike for the Battle Force 2000 figures, and that covering them as part of this blog has given me a fresh apprecation for them. Seeing them for what they are: fancifully imagined future warriors from the minds of 1986 toy designers, has allowed me to get over my bad feelings about the team.
I may have blamed this guy in particular for my exit from buying GI Joes, thinking that he was simply so bad that I was soured on the toys as a whole, but that’s not the truth. I was simply going through a phase that many present day collectors passed through–you know, trying to do the whole adult thing. For me, that lasted all of four years, and I regressed to childhood and haven’t looked back since. Okay, that’s not the truth, either. But it can’t be far from it, considering I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in the last two years photographing and writing about children’s playthings.
Though I’ve come to find something nice to say about his teammates (except Dee-Jay), Knockdown still makes me wince. The whole outfit just looks so slapdash. Maybe that’s due to the asymmetry of the top half of his uniform. Maybe it’s the way the bottom of his torso is too rounded, and rolls around like a ball-joint. Maybe it’s his thunderous thighs. This guy must be constantly slamming on the brakes of the Sky Sweeper by the looks of his gams.
I suppose it’s kind of fitting that he’s the last member of Battle Force 2000 that I’ve covered. A few months ago, I was thinking about what figure I would cover last, if I got tired of Joe A Day and decided to hang up the project. Who came to mind? Knockdown. But then I thought, no. I’m not going to let Captain Power’s second cousin here be the end of two eras of GI Joe for me.