Lady Jaye (1997 Commando Team)
Lady Jaye made perfect sense to rejoin the Joes’ return to shelves in 1997 since she’s a popular member of the team. Further, her role in the new Commando Team set is a perfect representation of her specialty. What’s more covert than a black and grey uniform, and who can argue with getting a set of her original accessories in black?
The paint job is similar to Vypra’s spray-op camo, a nicely varied departure from the old days of Joe gear. It may look sloppy in comparison to the pattern of a figure like Recondo, but I like the uniqueness of the design. It’s simplistic in an almost knockoff way, and in my eyes that gives the figure an added charm. Before a new reader runs to eBay and buy one, a bit of disclosure: I’m a weirdo like that.
She’s a bit difficult to photograph due to the contrast between her black uniform and strangely waxy skin. It seems when Hasbro brought the Joes back for this series, they lost the recipe to the old Caucasian flesh tone. The question is: was it a hopeful improvement turned bad a la New Coke, or did an absent minded factory worker knock a bottle of Translucent Dye #1 into the vat?