Lt. Falcon (2003)
Looking through a present day lens, the early small scale Joe convention exclusives have a sense of being a bit of an afterthought in comparison to their later counterparts. While the set was intriguing in terms of bringing along new factions and reusing interesting troop molds, the storyline around them doesn’t grab one’s attention. In fact, this set is probably my lowest ranked and doesn’t qualify as a “gotta have it” con sets. Being just the second large con set created, however, you have to give the club a pass for trying something beyond another pure trooper set. After all, considering the o-ring Cobra army builder fascination in the early 2000s, you probably could have sold a different set of repainted Cobra troop builders each year and called it good. I know I would have bought them. Heck, I picked up six sets of the Urban Cobra Strike Team (which is mostly a nice set, but I digress).
This Lt. Falcon is a classic case of a disappointing replacement of original figure parts. His 1987 waist and legs have been replicated using the same elements we saw in Joe’s 1983 lineup. The difference in sculpt style between Falcon’s top and bottom is quite stark. 1982-83’s trousers lacked the realism and drape of later, baggier britches. Bummer. At some point, he also confused his backpack with Red Star’s. Maybe the antenna threw him off.
The extra paint apps the club provided are always a nice bonus, and the two-tone stripe camo is a unique departure from Falcon’s first uniform. The weirdly waxy molded flesh color is a bit off-putting, especially when compared to the vintage figures.
Lt. Falcon’s filecard really shoehorns him into the theme’s setting. He’s not just a part of the Joe force going to the island, he actually likes infiltrating it. It’s kind of a weekend hobby thing for him. You know, when he’s not taking his dates to GI Joe HQ.