Wild Boar (1989)
A few days ago I wrote about a Cobra figure that looked like an Iron Grenadier but was not. Today, it’s the opposite, an Iron Grenadier that doesn’t look like one. In fact, I’m not really sure what this figure looks like. It is dang weird though.
Wild Boar is the strange driver of a strange vehicle, the Razorback. I have to hand it to Destro on the forethought of the namings here, he really tied them together. Kudos, Laird Jimmy.
This figure has always perplexed me. Maybe not the entire figure, but the helmet at least. The rest of the figure is decent enough, if lacking in paint details (a common issue for drivers of the time). Wild Boar’s helmet is the oddest I can recall, and that’s a bold statement in a time when guys like Long Range were pushing the envelope of chapeau fashion.
This helmet looks like a shower cap as designed by Buckminster Fuller, with a little stealth technology thrown in. The really odd thing about the helmet is that it doesn’t quite seem to fit. The coup de grace of this odd lid is the hose that connects from the side to the figure’s arm. Maybe I’m off base, and this thing is based on some real life advanced military technology of the 80’s. Whatever the case, it makes Wild Boar look like a real snickerdoodle.
Another point worth mentioning is the end of the guy’s nose. It’s got to be pointiest nose on any Joe figure. It’s so bad that the paint has been scuffed off of mine. Painted face–wait a minute, that means this figure has a dreaded painted face rather than molded flesh colored plastic. Noooo! Nerd rage!