This figure as a concept is a nice change-up from the usual idea of what a GI Joe combat medic does. While Stretcher is a medic, and can patch up wounded troops, he is primarily known for transporting them from the field of battle. A flying platform is a nice piece of equipment to have in accomplishing that task.
This is one of those great marriages of specialty and execution of a figure and accessories. Stretcher was a former weightlifter, and the figure’s build shows it. I can see this guy hoisting his injured comrades over his shoulders and taking them to safety. Looking at the size of the platform he’s standing on, he’d need to carry them. There doesn’t seem to be much room for riders. The platform is a pretty impressively sized accessory for a single carded figure. This figure is another of the excellently equipped 1990 series figures. The little plug-in mic on the chest is one of those extra little details that the year was full of. I often say that 1991 was my favorite 90′s GI Joe series, but between figures like this and the excellent Sky Patrol, I may have to rethink my opinion.
While Stretcher is an overall favorite of mine, I have to point out the fact that the head fell victim to one of the most infamously awful reuses in recent memory. Appearing in the Desert Patrol Squad as a horribly chosen and painted stand-in for Dusty, it was turned into an abomination. Check out my coverage of it, if you dare.