Before I started this blog, Battle Force 2000 and I had kind of a weird relationship. The last GI Joe figure that I bought as a kid was a member of BF2K, Knockdown to be exact. He didn’t leave the greatest impression on me, and my days as a kid collector of Joes ended with a whimper. I think in some way I blamed the poor guys for making me dump all my old toys.
Flash forward to last year, and the digging out of the members of the Joes’ future-tech team required me to spend a little more time checking them out than I ever had before. As the figures have gone by, I’ve become more and more attuned to the weird vibe these guys give off. I have to say that I’ve been swayed by the look into the future as envisioned by Hasbro circa 1986. It’s just amazing to see today’s fighter pilots clad in bubble helmets and pointy shoulder pads. Who knew the GI Joe designers would be such perfectly prescient prognoticators!
Looking at this figure now, and having spent a lot of time checking out my father’s collection of 1950s toy spacemen, as well as being exposed to a ton of vintage sci-fi films in my college days (an interest rekindled mostly due to the wonderful Mystery Science Theater 3000) I can see the homages to earlier Sci-Fi designs going on in this figure’s outfit. More than the other members of the team, Maverick looks to be a callback to those days. The artwork, toys and the television shows of the time were frequently festooned with bulbous helmets, silver suits and fantastical rayguns.
He’s got a few details of his own that really stand out, particularly the circuitry elements throughout the flight suit. He’s also sporting a unique pistol, one that wasn’t remolded a dozen times over. Little touches like those make me more and more a fan of the short-lived sub-team. Once again, I’m sorry, Battle Force 2000, for not recognizing your cool quirkiness sooner.