Wild Bill (2002 India)
The Sunbow cartoon had its fair share of Joe designs that weren’t totally representative of the figures to be found on shelves. Wild Bill was one of the more disappointing figures to me as a kid. He was such a larger than life character on the show that when I picked up the Dragonfly, I found him to be lacking. Naturally, since he was an ’83 release, his sculpt was much slimmer than the ’84 and ’85 figures. Thus, he just couldn’t quite hang with studs like Flint, Dusty and Shipwreck.
That’s not to say that the original isn’t a well designed toy. It has some signature Wild Bill elements: mustache, glasses and cavalry hat, vest and six-shooters. But the differences from the animated version stood out to me. His cartoon persona wore a blue flight suit with an almost life preserver type orange vest. He also sported a tan rather than blue cavalry hat. Not a big deal, though, right? Well, to a twelve year-old cartoon geek, yes.
Luckily, Funskool released a sort of mirror universe Sunbow Wild Bill in 2002. Did it satiate my need for a Sunbow Wild Bill? Initially. This one wore an orange flight suit with a silver vest and blue hat. His original arms have been swapped out and the molded forearm sleeves painted in a flesh tone. He also wore what look like silver bracelets. I suppose they kind of look like bare forearms if you squint.
Okay, never mind. That whole Sunbow similarity thing was a stretch, even for me. While I appreciate a valiant effort, upon further review, the play on the field is reversed: Funskool Wild Bill is as ridiculous as other Funskool exclusive designs.