A lot of us Sunbow freaks have a laundry list of “cartoon only” characters we’d like to see in action figure form. Sparks was always at the top of my list. His presence on the cartoon confused me, since the Joes had a communications specialist (Breaker) since the first mini-series. I still liked his look however, with his odd helmet and gargantuan backpack. So why is Sparks even around? Was he intended to be a figure? Who knows. I see him as background/exposition fodder like many of the background Cobras in the early issues of the Marvel comic. In fact, a Cobra communications officer pops up in issue #1. Was this some sort of conspiracy to tease us in both comic and cartoon with communications specialists we’d never get? Probably not. Okay, okay, let me stop for a moment and take a deep breath. I spend way too much time thinking about these things. I think I’m starting to get punchy from this post-every-day thing. What was I thinking? Dang, I need a break.
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Back to the matter at hand, the Collectors Club did oblige years of wishes and included the Joes’ missing cartoon exposition–I mean communications–specialist in the 2007 convention set. The figure is basically a mish-mash of the two more famous Joe radio operators, Breaker and Dial-Tone. Actually, he’s mostly Dial-Tone, with the comic pack Breaker’s head and torso. That’s a bit disappointing, as I would rather he more closely resemble the Sunbow look. But I get the idea here, as he’s got a tie-in look to the original thirteen Joes, which is more in line with the theme of the con set.
I need to get around to my custom Sunbow accurate Sparks. I just can’t seem to find the time. I wonder why that is?