Big Lob (2010)
Man, I really miss the o-ring. I don’t want to sound like a dinosaur whose only interest is in the old construction, or who pines only for a rigid return to the old 80’s style. I realize that time marches on, especially in the toy world. The old Joes, as great as they are, just wouldn’t stand up to today’s hyper detailed and articulated competition. Those old toys however, are loaded with charm. I suppose if I look deeper than the o-ring construction itself, the charm is what I miss.
The Collectors Club’s 2010 exclusives were some of the final classic styled o-ring figures released. With Big Lob, the style went out with a bang. Yes, he’s one of the goofier elements from the off-kilter animated movie. But I don’t care, as this figure transcends the look of his cartoon counterpart and channels some of the essence of the eclectic early Joes. He’s charming.
You might think that after Bazooka, a sports jersey would seem played out. Big Lob makes it his own, thanks to the interesting mold choices for the rest of the figure. The legs come from Ambush, and they really work well in this instance. The rolled pant legs give a kind of American football appearance that also fits the sports theme.
Being a superb grenadier, he’s appropriately festooned all about his person with the eminently throwable weapon. They’re on his thigh, bandolier and even his bicep (thanks to ’93 Gung Ho). Naturally, his primary weapon is a grenade launcher, in case he needs a little more distance than he can manage with a throw.
Finally, the head. I suppose a new mold that was closer to the animated look could have been created, but maybe it wasn’t in the budget. Changing a mold’s race based purely on a new paint color us disappointing and not a realistic approach (Hasbro even did it with Joe back in the 60’s). I know the head is based on the original Mercer mold, but hasn’t it been modified in some way? The face seems different to me. Whatever the case, I guess it’s as close as one could get to approximating the animated Big Lob’s distinctive look using existing parts. It was sad to say goodbye to the original small Joe construction, but at least the swan song included a charming throwback to part of Joe’s 80’s heyday.