The original Tripwire was one of the first Joes whose accessories impressed me more than the figure. I remember creating a little mine field on the carpet and searching them out using his detector. The mines were soon lost in the carpet, by the way. That was about the extent of my play with him. I don’t think I ever gave him a gun and put him into battle. The figure was pretty uninteresting to me, and he seemed like a rather goofy character compared to Grunt, Duke or Gung-Ho. Maybe that was due to his clutziness from the file card, or his nebbish appearance in the cartoon. His bulbous helmet didn’t help his case with me either.

The look of the figure was greatly improved by the new construction style of the 25th anniversary series. The helmet on this figure is very well done. The proportions are great, and the sculpt is clean and crisp. Though most of the figure uses Flash’s mold, it’s not a great concern, although an untextured version of the chest padding showed up on another figure in the series. I’m just glad they didn’t opt for a separate piece to snap over the chest. That could have been bulky and weird.

There wasn’t a whole lot that could be done to make this figure more exciting, but the improved look of the helmet goes a long way toward making Tripwire more appealing.

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