Major Altitude (1993)
Major Altitude, a mail-in figure included in a two pack with the uniquely crazy repaint of Interrogator, comes from a year that was chock full of exclusive repainted figures. While the figure mail-ins began as a way to obtain as yet unreleased figures like Duke and Major Bludd, there were also figures never made available as part of the regular line. Hooded Cobra Commander, Super Trooper, the Fridge and the Steel Brigade were a few that were released over a period of a few years. In 1993 however, someone went hog wild with mail-ins. Many of the figures available that year were not advertised on the outside of the regular line’s packaging, but through the inserts included with vehicles.
The Major is a straightforward redeco of his original green figure, this time replaced with bright blue and orange. The first version was an uninspiring figure, and this one equally so. The only real attraction for me are the colors, and even then I find myself forgetting about him. I daresay that I like his green outfit more than this one. Imagine that, Joe A Day endorsing a green Joe over blue and orange! The real downside of Major Altitude is his helmet, which is just too large, and doesn’t sit well on his head. It didn’t look all that good when it was used for Wildcard, and it still doesn’t hold up. Of course, most of the issue with the figure on a whole comes from its origins as a true Frankenstein, being made up of parts from four figures.