Steve Wyoming (CORPS!)
Lanard has never been worried about getting a little silly with their action figure offerings, and we’re all the richer for it. Before I had located a file card for him, I had assumed this figure was probably some sort of patriotic American type, a la Sgt. Slaughter.
Another of the Lanard CORPS! series’ strange sports themed assortment, the name Steve Wyoming is, I assume, a play on Joe Montana. Hey, if GI Joe had the Fridge, why not go bigger and better and make reference to the then most famous quarterback in the NFL? I guess the 34 plastered on his helmet and backpack are a reference to his jersey number. But wait, isn’t 34 a number reserved for running backs and defensive backs?
According to his bio, not only is Mr. Wyoming an All-Pro quarterback, but he’s also a PhD in mathematics and an aeronautical engineer. Unfortunately, none of those scholarly pursuits have led him toward the wisdom of wearing a shirt in battle. Overall, the figure reminds me of…I don’t know what. The football background of the character doesn’t really come out in his outfit. In fact, he comes off looking more like a superhero than an athlete. In that respect, he sort of reminds me of GI Joe’s Bullet Man. Finally, there’s the odd single star on his torso, which hovers close to the nipple area. If it were just a bit higher, I could work in yet another Billy Blaster reference on the blog. Oh wait, I guess I just did.