Wild Bill (2003)
There were a few figures in the relaunched o-ring era that hold up well when compared to their Real American Hero predecessors. Wild Bill’s initial figure release was one of my favorite Spy Troops molds. With an updated uniform design not too heavy on the cowboy aesthetic, more naturalistic proportions, and a removable hat, he was a welcome follow-up to the classic air cav Texan. I still think he stands as one of the best figures of the era, along with figures like the revamped (no pun intended) Clutch and Recondo,
Originally appearing as the pilot of the interestingly designed yet mundane Missile Storm Copter, the same Wild Bill figure (with a cav style hat in place of a helmet) later accompanied the Night Force Grizzly tank. Picturing Bill as a tank driver is more than a little odd, and he seems downright out of place in the role. However, the Night Force moniker fits the figure’s paint scheme, and he stands alongside a fair number of other early 2000s Joes who unexpectedly fleshed out the fan favorite subdued sub-team.