Sure Fire (2001)
I’ve wondered about the 2001 GI Joes, with their odd renamings and new head sculpts. Remolds of Roadblock, Torpedo and even Duke were turned into new or different characters. Some of it I’m sure was due to rights issues with names, like Shockwave, whose moniker Hasbro also couldn’t apply to its Transformers brand. Creating new Joes was at least a way of getting a little more variety into the line, rather than rehashing all the old guys again. The biggest down side of the series for me was the drabness of some of the figures, particularly those with paint wipe decos. That’s not to say I don’t like this figure, as he’s decorated in a nicely subdued shade, like his pack mate, Low Light.
Sure Fire is basically the DEF Shockwave with a new head. The body is one of my favorites of the 90s, and can be used in a variety of ways, from CID agent to a generic urban or SWAT trooper. Even though Shockwave’s cool shielded helmet didn’t make the transition, the repainted Law helmet works nicely, considering he’s military police as well.
For a newly sculpted head, it’s not a bad change at all. However, the paint apps on the head aren’t quite up to the standards of the Real American Hero years. Mine is rather sloppily painted, and Sure Fire ends up with a couple of caterpillars stationed over his eyes. Funny enough, the next release of the character brought back the old Shockwave head. A simple swap can solve the odd eyebrow issue, since I don’t think electrolysis is an option for tiny plastic faces.