I normally try to be positive about these things, but a gentle word of warning–I’m having a real hard time with this one. Rapid Fire is the ultimate Joe copy-and-paste job, and an all around odd figure. First off, he was a total repaint of Super Trooper, the ridiculous 1988 mail-in. He was also the only figure to include a free VHS video tape of a cartoon episode. Since it was the DIC Revenge of the Pharaohs episode, it’s a good thing it was free. Coincidentally (most likely not) Rapid-Fire himself was named after one of the DIC producers as well.
I imagine that when the Joes’ Super Trooper didn’t pan out in 1988, they needed to come up with another guy to be super awesome. In stepped Rapid-Fire, the fast attack expert. Once they found him, came the job of outfitting Captain Rapid (he is a captain, by the way). There must have been some leftover Super Trooper armor sitting in a corner, so they painted it neon green and off he went, to attack things fast.
Normally I go on and on about how much effort was put into the file cards, and how it really helped to create a universe and separate the Joe line from others of the time, but I gotta call bull-hockey on this one. The file card takes Super Trooper’s bio (itself a ridiculous mess) and replaces a word here and there. They even made this guy a Medal of Honor recipient. Holy cow! On second thought, instead of Rapid-Fire he should have been called Really Super Trooper or Super Duper Trooper.
As an added bonus, here’s a bit of info deleted from his file card due to space concerns: From the files of Gen. Hawk–“I was skeptical at first about his neon green armor and helmet, and orange kneepads but he’s fast–expertly so, in fact– that no one notices . He’s just a blur, man!”