Backdraft (1997 Bronze Bombers)
Like all of the ’97 Bronze Bomber figures, paint applications are at a minimum. The lack of detail color really strikes me with this figure, since the Strato-Viper mold is so full of detail.
The mold origin also hinders my ability to see this as anything but a repainted Strato. Of all the Joe pilot molds used in the ’97 Bombers set, the mold is too distinctive and well known to me to read as anything else.
According to the file card, Backdraft is the partner of Crazeblaze, another fire/explosion obsessed Bronze Bombers enemy. How the stylish pilot uniform figures into this, I don’t know.
Some might say he would make a nice Crimson Guard pilot, but I think he’s also very Christmas-y, with his red and green color scheme. Now that I think about it, I think mine will be called Happy Holidays Strato-Viper from now on.