Sea Slug (1987)
I only have memories of a few of the 1987 vehicles. I stopped buying Joes early that year, and the only ’87 vehicle I picked up was the Sky Sweeper. Yeah, not the best choice of a vehicle to go out of the line. I did look through the year’s catalog, and thought that the Cobra Sea Ray looked interesting. A friend had a younger brother who was still into GI Joes, and upon visiting his house one day, I saw the Sea Ray and Sea Slug. I remember sneaking a look at them and being somewhat intrigued, but not moved enough to make an embarrassing trip to the store and buy a toy. Looking back, I guess the fact that I bothered to even look at them showed that the Joe collector in me hadn’t completely moved on.
While I think a good portion of the 1987 vehicles are fun in a mostly goofy way, I find many of the year’s drivers (particularly the Cobras) to be among my favorites. Sea Slug scores points for standing out in a crowd. I suppose that’s what drew me to look at the figure even when my interest in Joes had waned. First off, the color. Yowza–he’s really purple. And it’s not a deep royal kind of purple, either. It’s a 1980’s Joker pinstripe suit purple. I was always disappointed that the helmet isn’t removable, since other ’87 Cobra drivers had the feature.
The file card says these guys are another offshoot of the Eels, and that they’re quite tough. I’d have to think so considering their namesake. A Slug, sea or not, just doesn’t seem like a creature that would strike fear into an enemy.