S.E.AL. (Code Name: Torpedo)
The first and my favorite of all the Joe team’s combat divers, Torpedo brings forth all sorts of great childhood memories. First and foremost, a kid just couldn’t help but get this figure into the water, whether sink, tub, or pool. Unfortunately the aquatic adventures eventually wreaked havoc on the toy, as screws ultimately rusted, and in the case of pool action, plastic succumbed to the horrors of chlorine exposure. The same fate befell my Water Moccasin and SHARC. Let’s pause for a moment of silence in memory of all the Joe toys that gave their lives for fun in the water.
Now for the elephant in the room, the land and air parts of his Naval acronym. Yes, fellow adult collector, Torpedo looks out of place fighting on dry land while decked out in his wet suit, scuba gear, flippers, and harpoon gun. But hey, on the positive side, his flippers were removable. Even the 1983 product brochure doesn’t know what to make of him, as he’s running through the diorama dirt alongside the other Joes. Even Snow Job got a little piece of his environment thanks to a little section of strategically placed faux-snow. Torpedo doesn’t even rate a small puddle.
In the initial Sunbow mini-series, the creators must have figured someone would think his toy outfit would be an issue outside of the water, so they had Mr. Leialoha running about on land in jeans and t-shirt in later episodes. Much of his appearance is blink and you’ll miss it, but he’s there sans flippers.