Sometimes, in the world of toy collecting you see a figure so bad you can’t believe your eyes. Today we’re going to talk about a figure my son Alex brought home from the dentist’s office – “Mr. Joe” as my son called him. The sculpting isn’t all that bad actually. You can see some of the finer points of the sculpt including web gear,pockets, and knee pads. Mr. Joe even has a belt that looks very similar to the belts the first series Joes from 1982 had. However, poor Mr. Joe only has five points of articulation, similar to the drivers included in some of those Retaliation vehicles.
His head is a little too small for his body, and I’ve never seen a gun holster strapped backwards to a figure’s leg before. The most noticeable feature on ‘ol Mr. Joe has got to be the absolute horrid paint job. His flesh tone is a bright pink. In fact, his face looks like a big bubble gum bubble blew up all over his face like the old Hubba Bubba ads you used to see in old Marvel Comics. Little consideration of staying within the lines on this bad boy. They didn’t even bother to paint the back of him at all! This figure is so ugly it makes the Corps! toys look like Pursuit of Cobra. Mr. Joe didn’t come with any accessories-his misshapen hands could hardly fit any of the weapons I tried to get him to hold.
To sum it all up though, this figure is worth more to me than any figure in my collection, because my son gave it to me. Mr. Joe, you’ve earned your place on my shelf between Starduster and my Listen ‘N Fun Tripwire.