Wet-Suit (1993)

Wet-Suit has just never looked like a combat diver to me. That’s not really a complaint, because I’m not always hung up on military realism with GI Joe. Ever since I bought Torpedo back in 1983, I’ve been a fan of the diver figures. Though they’re limited in use on land, the appeal of the underwater outfits and accessories, and the thoughts of playing with these guys in the water always excited me. Looking back at even the 12 inch Joes of the 60s, that’s been a central part of the play for the aquatic Joe toys. Worried that the screws may rust? Throw ’em in the water, I say! Have some fun!

As a repaint from the 92-94 years, the figure fares better than others in terms of a revised paint scheme. Poor Bulletproof for instance went from tan camo to bright yellow. Wet Suit is a bit toned down for his Battle Corps release. The orange isn’t quite as bright, although I really didn’t have a problem with the previous version’s yellow. It just worked more toward his adventurer -type look for me. He was like a throwback to the 70s Adventure Team. After all, yellow is the official Adventure Team color, isn’t it?

The torpedo firing sled is one of the better spring loaded gimmicks to come along in the 90s. Its presence makes sense, and the size is just right for the figure. The only issue is the figure’s inability to hold onto the handles with both hands. Not a deal breaker though, as little details like spots for the extra torpedoes to snap in makes it a cool little bonus vehicle.


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