The 1986 Low -Light is one of those iconic Real American Hero figures whose design I think can’t really be improved upon. The mold had a couple of repaints, and one as late as the 2000s still managed to impress. Even the modern construction version stayed very close to the original design.
The Slaughter’s Marauders repaints are an odd bunch. The large patterns of brown, yellow-green and dark green, highlighted with electric blue, are some of the oddest looks the Joe team has sported. As loud as the uniforms were, they make a more cohesive looking unit than their 1989 Cobra counterpart, Python Patrol. The Marauders are at a disadvantage, however, in that they’re without any magic anti-radar paint. They made up for it with sheer coolness in their exclusive vehicles. The Marauder rides are among my favorites in the Joe arsenal. But I digress…
Low-Light’s uniform doesn’t lend itself well to the Marauder color blocking theme. Others, like Mutt and Barbecue, had distinct uniform elements that could section off nicely into the highlight color. Low-Light at least has his hat, goggles and shoulder pad to carry some electric blue. The blue on these figures has never really bothered me as much as the huge swaths of color. The vehicle camo patterns were much more subdued (there I go talking about the vehicles again.)
Low-Light, along with all of his comrades, had a variation of this deco in the DIC cartoon’s Operation Dragonfire mini-series. They traded the wide color strips for some traditional camo pants, but kept the bright blue. I became quite enamored of the different style, and even put together a group of customs based on it.