Law and Order (1987)
I’ve been fascinated with the Joe MPs ever since the release of Mutt and Junkyard in 1984. I can’t really explain it, but I think some of it has to do with both the inclusion of an animal sidekick and the accessories for the figure. Mutt had that great MAC-10 and billy club, as well as a muzzle (for himself of course.)
Law and Order were no different. Again, the animal sidekick, this time a German Shepherd, a cool weapon (a re-done Uzi–always a favorite) and a modern nightstick. The newly styled helmet also appealed to me, mostly because its shape was so modern and different from other Joes’ helmets.
The colors also struck me as unique and fun. Here was a character who had an almost civilian police look, with the blue vest, red shirt and white helmet. Law and Order broke new ground for me as a collector in that sense. I now had a Joe figure that could just as easily have been used in a non-military role, if I used a little imagination and ignored the “MP” on his helmet.
A fun aside to this figure: the head sculpt is based on the likeness of Kirk Bozigian, who was a Joe Product Manager at the time.