Sgt. Airborne (2013)
This could be the original Airborne, or it could be his alternate Sky Patrol namesake. Since he was released as part of the Retaliation movie line, and therefore has no file card, you’re free to choose who you want it to be. Maybe he’s a third version of the code name; a new guy whose secondary specialty is immune system support.
These modern paratrooper figures are pretty amazing from an aesthetic perspective. I’m not an expert, but they sure give the appearance of being incredibly faithful to current military equipment and dress. The toy loving part of me however, finds them somewhat lacking in personality. I don’t think it’s the lack of a file card that fails to stir my imagination, but the figure’s almost bland realism. I like a bit of style with my toys, and a guy simply outfitted in jump gear makes me yawn a bit. Speaking of gear, the parachute harness here comes from a 2008 figure, the Cobra Para-Viper. Now there’s a stylish and fun modern paratrooper figure. Then again, Cobra always has Joe beat in pure style and flash. The inclusion of a 25th anniversary web gear/harness type accessory I think speaks a lot for the quality of the Para-Viper. I’ll have to get to that under-appreciated modern Cobra army builder soon.
I’m sure the masked head on Sgt. Airborne is probably based on some ultra-cool modern state-of-the-art military equipment, complete with nanomite stealth technology and moisture wicking capabilities, but I just can’t help thinking it looks like an old timey ski mask. Actually, I’ll go one better; it looks like it may have been an item from the costume department of the Ray Dennis Steckler film Rat Pfink A Boo Boo. Hmm, I think I have a new custom figure in mind…