Wild Weasel (2004)
In my childhood toy universe, Wild Weasel was the Boba Fett of GI Joe. He was a mysterious masked man of few words, and his reputation preceded him. Cobra Commander could always depend on him to accomplish his missions. As a figure, he was never far from the cockpit of his Rattler.
Funny that an homage to the original Wild Weasel would come in a two-pack, and not as a driver. The initial version of this mold, included with a fantastically snake-y new Cobra aircraft known as the Night Adder, was done up mostly in black. The red helmet survived, and bore a similarity to the old mold, but the figure as a whole just wasn’t red enough to be Wild Weasel to me.
It was good to see Cobra’s most prominent pilot outfitted in red again, and with a few blue accents as well. The only downside to this new figure for me was the fact it came in a two pack along with a true stinkburger of a figure: Action Attack Gung Ho. AAGH couldn’t be thrown into the unloved figure bin fast enough.
Wild Weasel’s second file card for the era is actually different from the first, a fact that floored me when I first saw it. The bio is fairly well written, and even includes the sort of fun character detail that was a hallmark of the old Larry Hama penned filecards.
Note: yes, the proportions are all wonky. I’ve covered enough of the 2002-2006 figures that I’m going to stop mentioning it when they come up. The same will eventually hold true during further coverage of the 25th anniversary line in regards to the elbow and chest joints. Maybe