Christmas of 1983 still stands as one of my best GI Joe memories. That year, I received almost all of the 1983 figures, plus the incredibly cool (even though it was essentially cardboard) Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. Included in this haul was a three pack that included Snow Job, who quickly became my favorite acquisition that day, and my favorite Joe for a long while. Even though he was a cold weather themed figure, I got a lot of use out of him when it was cold outside, and definitely when it snowed. I can’t remember if that year was a white Christmas, but I do recall playing with Snow Job and the Polar Battle Bear in the snow in later years.
What impressed me most about the 1983 figure was its ability to store and hold all of its gear. Plug in the skis and poles, and give him his rifle (the awesome XMLR-1A, also known as the Sunbow rifle) and he was good to go.
Seventeen years later, Hasbro released another Snow Job that was kitted out to an insane level. The accessories really are the star of the show here. Once again, everything plugs into the pack, or can be held by the figure. This version actually outdoes the 1983 Snow Job by including a spot for the rifle to be placed onto the backpack. The fabric tent roll and skis can also be placed together to make a kind of shelter or blind.
This figure inspired me once again to venture out into the snow for some fun. Okay, I didn’t actually play with the figure, more out of fear of losing some tiny piece of gear than any strange looks my neighbors may cast my way. I’d hate to lose his mess kit or the eensy-weensy field phone. I did however snap a few pictures of Snow Job in his native environment, and with apologies to my Flag Points co-host Dave, I have to say it’s much better than just dumping some baking soda on my usual green backdrop.
The figure itself is up to the usual standards of the modern era, although the coat restricts movement of the chest and hips. Not a big deal, just don’t try to stick him in your old Battle Bear. The head sculpt is interesting, since they went for a hood down look, but I wouldn’t mind having an alternate Snow Job head without goggles or some sort of hat.