Tiger Force Flint/Falcon (1994 China)
In the 90’s, the Half Price Store, a discount department store chain, was a treasure trove for recent Joe releases. There were always a couple of bins that had the last series of Joes for $3 each. I kick myself for not buying more than I did, especially Sonic Fighters Viper — I could’ve had an army! During one of my frequent trips, I saw some strange looking foreign Joe packaging. There were several figures from throughout the line on what I later found out were Chinese cardbacks. I purchased Duke, Cobra Commander, Major Bludd and Flint. Of these, only Flint and Major Bludd differed from their US releases.
This Flint has also come to be known as Tiger Force Falcon, since it has a Tiger Stripe camo and uses the original Falcon’s head. It’s also a mix of Dusty and Tunnel Rat parts. One of the cooler inclusions is the tactical shotgun that was originally used with the excellent Headhunters figure.
So this could be a Tiger Force Flint or Falcon, or even Dusty, since he also wore a beret at one time. Personally I see it as Falcon since the head is so specific to the character. Whoever you use it as, it’s another interestingly strange and unexplained foreign Joe release. Exploring the obscure corners of the hobby is one of its most fun aspects.