Sometimes I can be a little harsh when it comes to the 25th anniversary figures. It’s just that some of the figures ended up a little less than stellar, thanks to parts reuse and the like. I tend to be more of a fan of the o-ring style, but I still pick up the modern figures as well. However as a toy collector in general, and a Joe fan specifically, I can’t be a curmudgeon when a toy comes out looking as cool as this one.
The original Lamprey is a very nice figure, but I’ve always thought it lacked a little something in terms of its look. Maybe that’s due to the figure being a driver, but for me, its usefulness didn’t go beyond piloting that vehicle. The wetsuit look of the silver uniform didn’t help either. It looked more like an astronaut to me. When the Sonic Fighters version came along, the Lamprey specialty was expanded (naturally) to amphibious assault trooper. That was more like it. However, the look didn’t change, other than being decked out in a new color scheme. The Lamprey may have gotten a new job, but he still looked a little less than amphibious.
This new version combines some terrific new parts along with a fresh take on the uniform underneath to create a modern figure who looks like he can battle on land as well as in the depths of the ocean. As such, the design is not totally dependent on its previous version. Even though much of this figure began life as Snow Job, the bulky sculpt works for me. Combined with the dive helmet (with removable visor–cool!) and chunky air tank, I see it as sort of a throwback to the deep sea divers of old. That may not have been the intention, but I like the end result anyway. And I was glad to see that Hasbro chose not to re-hash the 25th anniversary Torpedo body again.