The Battle Corps years probably contain the highest per capita amount of funky trousers in all of GI Joe history. Considering the overall weirdness of the figure designs at the time, it’s not really all that surprising. After all, 1993 gave rise to Giraffe Pants Leatherneck, Stonewash Jeans Cross Country, and Zubaz Night Creeper Leader, just to name a few. Second only to the Rise of Cobra’s explosion of camo drawers, the Battle Corps era was in my opinion the golden age of the Nice Pant among GI Joes.
As fly fishermen/missile specialists go, there’s a lot to like with Bazooka’s new look. I figure that ‘Zook simply thought a swap out of fun trousers in place of his old Steve Grogan jersey would be a nice trade-off. I don’t quite know what to call their shade, other than ‘bluish-green,’ and the pattern can best be described as ‘snake tongue.’ Considering his team-mate Leatherneck’s animal print BDU britches, I think there’s some nice consistency between the two.
The obvious element of this figure, aside from the pants, is his fisherman getup. In his off-hours, it looks like Bazooka has been spending a lot of time fly fishing. That’s no joke, as the file card mentions this pastoral pastime as well. His hat is supposed to be military in origin, but come on, look at it. I’ll be darned if that’s not a lure pinned to the front of it. Since he’s a missile specialist, the missile launcher is appropriate for the toy. Bazooka’s is much less obtrusive than others, and even though getting his hand to fit is a chore, he wields it convincingly.
To give an indication of just how important pants were to this year of GI Joe figures, the file card for Bazooka calls them out, describing them as “standard issue gunner’s pants.” Standard issue? Gunner’s pants? I have another, more appropriate, and brief, desciption–nice.