Okay, I know Shipwreck looks inherently weird here. He’s long-legged and short-torsoed (is that a word?) like many other figures from the early to mid 2000s GI Joe lines, or what we collector geeks call the “new sculpt” era. But look past the proportions, and you might see a Shipwreck concept that was both new and useful.
When most children of the 80’s who were GI Joe collectors think of the team’s preeminent sailor, they think of 1985 Shipwreck. Maybe folks who were of kid collector age in the 90’s would also remember the diver Shipwreck. In either case, Shippy was a limited use figure, outside of hanging out on the deck of the Flagg, or diving in the sea.
But here, short torso and all, is a Shipwreck that can be used on land missions of all sorts. It’s the sort of thing that I’ve heard collectors clamor for with other naval guys like Wet Suit. In fact, Wet Suit was outfitted in a similar fashion in a recent convention exclusive set.
Shipwreck is also equipped with a couple of accessories that were prevalent in the Valor vs. Venom series which I haven’t mentioned before. One of them is a wrist mounted attachment that according to the instructions can accommodate a pistol or knife. Why the Joes would need or want to carry weapons on their wrists is beyond me, but what do I know? The other accessory is a kind of modified paintball gun that was featured in the ending of the Valor vs. Venom CG animation. Both of these things were available with umpteen figures.