Whispering Willie (1996 Corps!)
When the original o-ring GI Joe line ended in 1994, Lanard’s me-too series The Corps! (don’t forget the exclamation point) rolled on. Many if its 1986 molds continued to be produced in varying excitingly horrid hues and odd camo patterns, but there were a few new mold additions.
Whispering Willie is one of those original Corps! characters to get a 90’s refresher. His first release, obviously based on the Road Warrior film’s post apocalyptic look, was an interesting if oddly outfitted Dollar Store Dreadnok. He was also one of those rare boys’ toys that sported a belly shirt and short shorts. What was the design going for here? He looks like an amalgamation of the Road Warrior’s Wez and his gender ambiguous companion. Yikes.
Thankfully for his 1996 release, Willie put on a full shirt and some long pants. I must say that it does wonders for his look. I find the slick black look quite impressive. The accessories are repeated from the first release, including his marvel of engineering, the triple-bladed chainsaw. Since his file card states that he uses hand built weapons, I assume that he made it himself. If that was the case, and his Corps! gig didn’t work out, he could’ve made a living in R&D with Stihl or Husqvarna.