This year at JoeCon, Hasbro displayed a group of conceptual figures, some of which were modern versions of classic designs, and others were new concepts. One of my favorites, which also made an appearance in the customizing class, was the Lawn Viper. What’s that got to do with a jungle specialist like Pathfinder? Well, I would like to posit that the Joe team has had its own groundskeeper for years, and this is him.
The man is equipped with all sorts of brush clearing gear. Sure, the packaging will tell you it’s for eliminating jungle foliage, but truth be told, Pathfinder was often sent on special missions to clear weeds behind the motor pool and cut down limbs that overhung the HQ’s open-top jail cell. Wouldn’t want a Cobra prisoner shimmying up a low hanging branch and making an escape.
In all seriousness, despite the ridiculous weaponry, I still find a lot to like with Pathfinder. The sculpt and colors are by far my favorite aspects of the figure. He really has a unique look, and there’s no confusing him with other Joes, particularly with his nicely camo patterned pants. To make yet another jungle trooper insteresting and different must have been a challenge, and refreshing the line with new secondary characters is an effective way of balancing out the many versions of Duke and Snake Eyes. I’m glad they didn’t do it as much with other lesser known characters. Could you imagine 54 versions of Recondo?