As the Joe team’s second undercover operations specialist, Mace looks more the part of police officer than soldier. That’s due to his original planned designation to be part of the second series of the Drug Elimination Force, or DEF. Like his teammates for that assortment, he came equipped with a decidedly cover blowing accessory, the helmet mounted missile launcher.
Whereas Muskrat seemed to make the odd weapon work simply because of his own overall strangeness, Mace is not so fortunate. The only thing really out of the ordinary for this figure is his bright yellow holster and weapons. So plopping a cycloptic yellow helmet on him and attaching a missile launcher is akin to giving Dave Starsky a jet pack. The file card describes the missile launcher weapon as a “missile firing stealth gun with built-in silencer.” Sure, just like I’ve got a 10 lb. hammer that I call the “soft and gentle finger massager.”
Goofy weapon aside, I do like the mold. Hasbro must have too, as they later reused parts of it when making the 2000s series comic packs’ original Joe team. Most of it became Clutch and Steeler, due to the unique shoulder holster. Though many 90’s figures were designed with bulkier chests, Mace’s is one of the biggest by far. I wonder if it was intended for some other figure with a spring loaded feature? It’s really that big. The jacket mold has a couple of pretty well done features, one of which is the way that the bottom of the jacket continues onto the waist, giving a more realistic appearance of a leather jacket. It’s nice to see that every Joe doesn’t do the Urkel tuck with his shirt or jacket.
The head sculpt is another one of those Joes with a face for radio. He’s a lantern-jawed fellow who looks like he could understudy for Robert Z’Dar.