Scarlett (2004 Desert Patrol Squad)
Through the 80s and 90s, Scarlett it seemed had been immune to the special teams reinterpretations that were so prevalent among her male comrades. While Duke, Flint and the like had been members of Tiger Force, Night Force, Star Brigade, and even the Eco Warriors, Scarlett had only made one appearance in the Ninja Force subset. As such, she wore a completely redesigned outfit, and didn’t get to experience a straight repaint of her usual duds.
That changed when the Valor vs. Venom series quickly ran through a one-off wave of redecoed figures in 2004. Included in a pack with Switch Gears, both were members of the Desert Patrol Squad, a reference to a Toys R Us exclusive pack from the same year. Two other packs, Tiger Force and Night Force, made appearances as well.
This Scarlett mold was an improvement over the previous release from 2002, but it still seemed like something was missing. Looking at the figure again, I think it just looks too young. Scarlett has a face that recalls the single female figures from various 90s lines. You may remember the type: the young, spunky, not quite the hero’s girlfriend character. She’s even wearing get hair pulled back in a way that says plucky teen more than badass covert ops agent.