Muskrat’s file card paints a picture of a pretty interesting individual, and someone who seems like a unique presence to add to the team. Just reading his background reminds me of an old Jerry Reed song. It’s unfortunate that the 1988-1989 figures (including Muskrat) fell into a no man’s land of Joe animation, with only a few getting a moment in the sun as part of the DIC Operation Dragonfire mini-series. I think Muskrat could have been a very fun and colorful character as part of the Sunbow or DIC cartoons.
The figure may seem rather plain at first glance, but it has some interesting details and unique accessories that befit the man’s swampy origins. With his boonie hat and sleeveless look, a simple but effective uniform, I can picture Muskrat piloting an air boat, going after Copperhead in the bayou. I can also see him trudging through the swamp, hacking away at vegetation with his machete. On the subject of machetes, 1988 seems to be the year for odd melee weapons, as two Joes included machetes, and Cobra had a Dreadnok armed with a cinder block on a stick. And why (even though it’s not in my pic–sorry) was Muskrat’s machete baby blue?
I can’t leave this figure without talking about his most famous accessory–the swamp skimmer. I still have no earthly idea how this thing is supposed to work. It seems like a boogie board, but I don’t think there are too many waves to ride in the swampland. It would seem then to only be useful if it had some sort of power, but that’s not the case. In the end, it’s one of the wierdest accessories of the time. It does however, attach to the figure like a backpack. Pretty handy. My only wish for this figure was that the face sculpt could have matched the nasty visage on the package art. That’s one dude I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark bayou.