Short Fuze (1982)
As a kid, I had only Flash (my first Joe figure) and Snake Eyes in the straight arm format. Both figures were well loved by little me. Flash’s right thumb breaking off (a side effect of putting his laser rifle in his hand a lot). Snake Eyes often accompanied me on trips to visit relatives (there weren’t a lot of toys at my grandparents place). Snakes’ satchel charge didn’t last long, getting lost in one of those many car rides.
After completing my run of swivel arm versions of the original 80s Joe team, I set my sights on picking up the straight arm versions I had missed. At that time, I found the straight arm versions were a bit cheaper. If course, that was the time of Usenet, so your mileage may have varied.
The 1982 Short-Fuze still stands out to me as with its less refined style, and I’ve come to find a new enjoyment of that first year’s figures. They’re a little clunkier and chunkier, but they represented the beginnings of one of the great toylines of the 1980s.