Another Blowtorch, really? Yep, it’s the seemingly go-to guy when it comes to making up a modern GI Joe figure assortment. Actually, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but for someone who’s collected the last few series of modern figures, the character has almost become an army builder. I’m beginning to think they might recolor it tan and blue and call it the Steel Brigade flamethrower. Hey, that’s not a bad idea. I’d buy one.
I can’t be too hard on any release of the character, as I’ve been a fan since first seeing a tiny image of him on the back of a 1984 figure card. He’s one of the first figures I acquired when buying back all the Joes I’d sold as a teenager. And now, finally having this version based on pre-production color studies, I’m pretty excited. It’s certainly a unique variant.
Accessories and gear are the same we’ve seen in the PoC and previous 50th anniversary packages. There’s still something cool about Blowtorch brandishing a fire axe and a machine gun. I’m sure my kid self would have loved such a thing back in the 80s. On a positive note, the flamethrower clip seems to fit more securely this time around. And in three releases, I’ve yet to figure out what to do with the extinguisher bottle. It shouldn’t plug into his back, right? It’s not oxygen, after all. Maybe there’s a use I’m not seeing, and someone can correct me.