I remember when images of the Assault on Cobra Island 7 pack and the FLAK and CLAW pack hit the internet. I had been wondering when Outback, one of my favorite RAH figures, would get his due in the modern style. I thought it could be incredible figure, given the new style’s ability to portray larger body types. I envisioned an Outback that would have a larger build, like the 25th Bazooka, and with all of his familiar web gear being given a more effective treatment, with the new line’s focus on removable straps, packs and the like.
I really wanted a modern Outback sculpt that would equal the coolness of the original. I suppose it was too much to hope for, as the multi-pack in which this version was included was made up of mostly reused tooling. The head sculpt is great, even though I can’t help thinking of Chuck Norris when I see it. On a couple positive notes; the H & K machine gun and the iconic flashlight made the transition.
The original Outback was a favorite of mine both for his unique look and his amazing gear. The huge pack and web belt of the ’87 version added a great extra element to an already excellent figure. That’s one of the greatest aspects of the the old Outback; that he was just as displayable without his gear. He didn’t look strange without it. That’s not the case with the modern version. The figure looks good with the vest on, but when it’s off, the look is just off a bit. He’s got one of those giraffe necks, and he isn’t nearly as “cut” as his vintage counterpart.