I was super excited for the news of a limited revival of GI Joe at Toys R Us in 1997. I had seen preview pictures in the usual toy media outlets of the day (Tomart’s, Lee’s and Previews), and couldn’t wait to get my hands on some newly redecoed versions of classic GI Joe molds. Later, I was more than a little disappointed at what ultimately made its way to the shelves.
Blizzard has apparently grown a beard since the late 80s. A Little facial hair It does help to keep one’s face warm in cold weather. I don’t know what to say about his hair color, other than it looks like it came out of a bottle of red dye #2. One thing Blizzard has going for him is a nicely repurposed 90s mold. Originally released as Frostbite, the Battle Corps version of this figure had a mostly effective arctic look. The only drawback were orange highlights among the grey and snow camo uniform. The spray style camo here is a bit blobby, like many figures of the year, but Blizzard’s uniform overall looks better than many of the same year’s Stars and Stripes set Joes.
Weapons choice is problematic. Whereas Frostbite came with a decent selection of armaments, and a super neat mask, Blizzard is stuck with the Baroness rifle and an uzi. That’s it. No skis, no snow shoes or crampons. Nothing at all remotely useful for an arctic figure. This was a harbinger of things to come in the early 2000s, as later Joes of all stripes were also given an inexplicable range of accessories, from Tele-Viper gear to SAW Viper backpacks.