Arctic Trooper (Code Name: Snow Job)
What a winter it’s been here at JAD HQ! With snow storms, ice storms, sleet, freezing rain, graupel (look it up) and many, many snow days for the kids, Mother Nature has served up a winter that takes me back to my youth. We’re no strangers to snow in these parts, but it seems as the decades have gone by, the white stuff just hasn’t been falling as regularly as I remember. In the 80s, winter was the time to bust out Hoth Luke, Leia, Han, and all the nameless Rebels to battle Wampas and AT-ATs. Well, until 1983, when Snow Job and the Polar Battle Bear joined the fight.
Snow Job is one of the most impressively accessorized Joes in the line. With skis, poles, rifle and back pack that stores most of his gear, he’s mission-ready right out of the package. His overall look (including the beard) is a natural follow-on from older snow Joes of the 60s and 70s. Hasbro even took the homages a step further with the 25th anniversary and gave the Snow Job figure an AT logo on his sidearm holster as well as a figure-sized Pocket Patrol Pack.
I thought my Snow Job figure was a decent white until I posed him in the freshly driven snow outside the HQ. I think it gives him character, although I’m a little embarrassed at the shade of his backpack. Yikes! I’m reminded of a Zappa lyric about yellow snow when I look at it now. I really should find a clear white copy of the accessory or give it a peroxide bath whenever the sun comes back out.