Steel Brigade 2: Electric Boogaloo (1992)
Will we ever get another mail-in figure in the modern era? Sure, the Rescue Doc mail-in offer was a nice little nod to the 80s, but I miss the figures made exclusively as mail-in offers. Hasbro in the 1990s went crazy with the number of mail-ins, though many were crazily hued. Without a large number of kids buying GI Joe, I suppose it’s too much to ask for a return to the mail-in glory days in today’s market.
I never mailed away for a Steel Brigade figure as a kid. At the time, I really didn’t like the look of the first figure, especially the colors and the long neck. I’ve written about this figure once before, in the early days of the blog. At the time, I was rediscovering a lot of figures that I had first acquired as an adult collector. I still find it an interesting departure from the typical Steel Brigade figure. The gold accents are particularly flashy. I like flashy.
I picked this guy up back in the late 90s, still in its mailer bag. I was instantly impressed with the colors. Yes, there’s some Cobra blue on a Joe figure, but I like the change-up quite a bit. The blue and gold together lend the figure an air of higher rank than the more plain looking original.
Maybe that’s what the Steel Brigade has needed to become more interesting, a commanding officer. The Collectors Club put forth this sort of idea in its 2005 convention figures with the Steel Brigade Commander, but I think putting a named character in charge of the group would be even better. Maybe the modern era figure, painted in this color scheme, with an unmasked head could make for an interesting Steel Brigade CO.