Barbecue is one of the figures that I distinctly remember buying as a kid. It was during one of many family trips to Sears, and most every time we went into the store, and weren’t in a rush, I took a look at the toy aisle. Funny thing, I still do the same when I go any modern department store that has a toy aisle. Of course it’s rarely Sears these days (real surprise there–they don’t even sell toys. Sheesh.) I’m usually even on my way there before my kids even ask. I’m sure my wife loves such behavior.
The particular 1985 Sears trek during which I picked up the Joe team’s firefighter was the same one in which I also obtained Shipwreck and Airtight. All three became instant hits with me. I think their popularity with me came equally from their accessories as their specialties and designs. Barbecue had a cool look, and although he lacked a removable helmet, he still developed a personality in my Joeverse. The figure’s helmet was also a bit of a source of frustration in that it didn’t completely match the card art. The figure’s helmet is more bulbous than the flatter, bucket like version on the card art. Regardless, the figure got a lot of use.
Again, the accessories really made the toy for me. With his amazing fire axe and nozzle gun, he stood out from the other Joes and their more pedestrian accoutrements. Here was a guy, like Airtight, who was all about specialization. As a bonus, the nozzle gun even attached to his thigh. Brilliant.