Quick Kick (1985)
On this Memorial Day in the US, I thought I’d remember another GI Joe team member who met his fate in the pages of the Marvel Comic. One of several Joes who were killed in action during the Trucial Abysmia mission, Quick Kick was among those who survived the SAW Viper’s murderous onslaught, but was killed when the Cobra Rage that he and several others captured exploded after being fired upon by Cobras. That particular incident, as well as Quick Kick’s previous months long imprisonment in a Borovian gulag, showed the stark contrast between the comic and the cartoon’s depiction of the GI Joe characters. I’m probably in the minority, but honestly, I get a lot of enjoyment out of both. With deep, continuing storylines and even character deaths, the comic could take the Joes and Cobras places that cartoon couldn’t.
However, the Sunbow cartoon had its own charm, and Quick Kick was charming as well. From his initial appearance, he was instantly likeable to me. Some folks may not appreciate the outright humor he brought to the show, or may find him grating, but I thought he was entertaining and refreshing. Witness the following for a taste of the brilliance of Quick Kick:
The figure is pure unadulterated action figure fun circa 1985. Yes, it’s true that the Real American Hero was moving into more fanciful territory, but to a kid like me at the time, adding things like a martial artist/stuntman to the mix was head explodingly cool. I was watching Kung Fu Theater every Saturday afternoon, as well as Lee Majors’ The Fall Guy, so this figure was right up my alley, and it saw a lot of use. I was more than a little bummed when I lost his very unique sword and nunchaku, especially since they were never remolded for any later figures. An amazing thing, considering the amount of martial arts weapons used at the end of the line.
Yeah, he’s not wearing shoes. Don’t care. Quick Kick is awesome nonetheless.