Tunnel Rat (2004)
GI Joe figures of the 80s and 90s were based on a common sculpt size. There were a few that stood a bit taller, wider or bulkier here and there, but for the most part you could count on Joes and Cobras being around the same size.
Tunnel Rat has always been portrayed as being smaller in stature, and this version ends up a bit shorter than many others of the relaunch era. Whether by accident or design, who knows, but it is interesting to note that the first Tunnel Rat of the time was actually very tall. While I found that previous version preferable in terms of its uniform design, I like the change in scale with this one. He’s finally a short guy.
Say what you will about the uniform design aesthetic of the era, but I think that the Valor vs. Venom years at least presented a kind of unified look with the Joes. Tunnel Rat is wearing a layered type of chest body armor that was seen on many figures of the time. You also couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a kneepad or two between 2002 and 2006.
His trademark double flashlights have been integrated into a backpack, a nicely done high-tech upgrade. He’s also equipped with a new type of accessory improvement that showed up among small scale Joes in the 2000s–removable goggles. Rock those shades, Mr. Lee.