Night Fox (2010)
I’ve generally not been impressed by the modern driver figures. Many have been repaints and parts swaps of existing figures, with new heads thrown in here and there. That’s a far cry from the 80’s and 90’s, when most drivers were all new molds, and exclusive to their vehicles. Exclusivity and newness of driver figures were brilliant marketing concepts from the glory days of small Joes. What an incentive to get a kid to bug his parents to buy a new vehicle. “But Mom, it’s got a new guy with it too!”
Seems that sort of thing isn’t a focus anymore, as most drivers have been uninspiring. The recent lines however have peppered in a few distinct driver figures that, while not completely new in terms of parts, are nonetheless interesting. Night Fox has rapidly become my favorite among them.
Included with yet another version of the AWE Striker vehicle (by the way, can we take that mold out to the shed and put it out of its misery?) Night Fox is impressive despite his hodgepodge nature. I’m not usually one to care much about parts recipes, but he warrants a comment simply because I’m impressed by how well it all comes together. I had no idea most of this figure comes from a movie Duke. Wow.
Maybe it’s just the mask, hat and scarf combo that draw me, or the number of weapons, but I find myself really interested in knowing more about this character. The look is very distinctive, and the gear allows for several different looks, including a helmet with night vision goggles. The accessories are to a level of the single carded figures, which I find refreshing. I’m not the first one to heap praises on this guy. JD covered him along with his vehicle in the Field Reports section of the site. Check it out, and check his custom version of the Retaliation Night Fox while you’re there.