The Toys R Us exclusive Night Force multipack was an odd duck, particularly in comparison to its 80s predecessor. Re-imagined as a squad clad in darkly patterned uniforms, it was a much more cohesive looking group than the original. It was nice however to see the set appear as an exclusive at the same retailer where it originated.
Remember when the Joe team’s mortar soldier carried a machine gun? Me neither, but that’s the story of some of the packs from this era. The weapons load out was often hit or miss, or even WTF. Why no mortar this time around, when other figures of the time (like comic pack Short-Fuze and Iron Grenadier) came with the weapon? Who knows. Since I’ve got a few bins of new sculpt era figures, I’m sure I can spare one for Mr. Friestadt. On the positive side, at least the unofficial reinvention of the Short-Fuze as Downtown in 1989 finally came full circle. His helmet mold must have been long gone, which is a shame, because it’s a really unique piece of headgear.
The shirt patterning tampo is really strange on this figure. The cross-hatch stops at the chest straps. Even stranger, the paint is also applied to the shoulder rivets. I’ve seen solid colored painted rivets before, I can’t recall seeing something like this outside of this set. Who knew it was even possible?