What was the deal with the geometric camo in 1988? Shockwave, Repeater and Storm Shadow were sporting the odd patterns that year. Shockwave however went one better and threw in some yellow. It certainly adds interest to the figure, and makes for a unique and memorable looking toy. I was intrigued by the figures’ looks when I spotted them at a friend’s house. I of course pretended not to be too interested, but picked them up to sneak a look or two. Since I have no nostalgic connection to it, I chalk up my interest in this figure to a simple gut-level reaction: it just looks cool.
The same goes for the cap over the mask. What’s the point? Who cares. It looks cool. His weapons are blue. That’s ridiculous. Weapons shouldn’t be blue, right? You didn’t see Grunt or Zap carrying a blue weapon. I don’t care. It looks cool. The coolness doesn’t stop there, as he’s equipped with a padded vest, dual holsters and a particularly wicked looking knife that stores in his backpack. The mold’s coolness has not gone unrecognized, as its been repainted as part of the Night Force sub-team, and later as a convention exclusive.
The coolness extends to his file card, as Shockwave is not only a capable SWAT officer and a capable door-kicker, but he’s also a talented singer. How many other Joes can boast a secondary MOS of choir? That’s cool.