VAMP Mk II and Flint (2014)
Continuing coverage of the Danger at the Docks set, part of the Toys R Us 50th anniversary series, it’s yet another remake of a couple of iconic 1980s GI Joe toys. Although this retail version puts a new spin on the two in terms of decocration, the VAMP Mk II and a new Flint are nevertheless welcome additions to a modern era collection.
As iconic as the original VAMP is, the follow-up Mark II model remains my favorite. There’s always been something a little extra special about the simple but effective add-ons. The doors and top were a stroke of genius, and the other details also built on what was already the Joes’ go-to ride. When both the original VAMP and Cobra Stinger were released as part of the 25th anniversary series’ vehicle updates, I was all over them. For the most part, they were pretty great upgrades in terms of detail. Sadly, Hasbro never got around to the seeming no-brainer release of a Mark II VAMP. That issue was recently doubly resolved.
The retail version is painted in an urban digital camo that I think makes up for the lack of its proper vintage color scheme. Sure, getting the “correct” color as a SDCC exclusive stinks, but this paint job is refreshing and nicely executed. I wouldn’t mind seeing it on other vehicles as well.
Flint, though again not painted in the familiar colors of the classic 1985 figure, is a well done repaint. From first glance, I thought his camo was the same digital pattern as his vehicle, but not so. It’s more in line with the sort of thing seen on the Rise of Cobra Joe team’s trousers. I almost wanted to save this figure for the next Nice Pants Week for that reason. Maybe he’ll get a revisit by himself one day.
The Danger at the Docks set is one of the coolest GI Joe vehicle offerings to come along in a while. I did manage to pick up the SDCC version as well, so look for it to show up here eventually. In the meantime, come back tomorrow as we wrap up the week’s 50th anniversary product coverage with an entry that’s so big, it took two people to do it.