I know I’m unusual in this, but I’ve got a thing for the 1993 series. I won’t say it began when I was buying the figures off the pegs back in the day, but it certainly started to take hold when I re-visited my collection as part of this blog. The year’s Battle Corps offerings are a combination of brightly-colored repaints, with several toned-down entries and excellent new molds. Bullet-Proof’s new duds are quite loud–in fact, when I was taking photos of the back of the figure, I got the image of bright colored pajamas in my head.
Bullet-Proof is one of the DEF holdovers, which makes sense considering he was the ranking officer of the group. He’s one of the Battle Corps figures not packed with a weapons tree, which I imagine is due to the fact he was previously released. The same thing happened with other 1993 repaints like Wild Bill. The most positive thing I can say about his accessories is that they are all present, from the unique helmet and rifle to the big honkin’ missile launcher (this time sans flashing light). As the pic shows, there’s no possible way to pose the man holding this slab of plastic without him falling over. But that’s what battle stands are for. I am still enamored of the figure’s removable helmet, and his amazingly cool rifle. It can be effectively tucked under his arm, making for some cool posing opportunities.
On the mythos front, Bullet-Proof has been moved from the DEF leader (since it didn’t continue for a second series) to a Battle Corps leader. The card front calls him out as the Urban Commander, but his primary specialty is simply listed as Battle Corps Leader. So which is it? He’s not the only high-ranking officer in the series, with Colonel Courage also present that year. It’s good to see the diversity of two African-American officers in a single assortment of GI Joes. Bullet-Proof was featured in several issues of the Marvel comic, as well as a few episodes of the DIC animated series, most prominently in the DEF-centered “The Greatest Evil” two-parter that also featured a strung-out Falcon. If you’re into 90s nostalgia, I highly recommend it. The ending shot is particularly great.
One more thing: maybe there’s a chance, with all the combining of Hasbro properties going on, that he could be rebooted as a relative of future Bulletproof AKA B.P. Vess of COPS fame. Anything’s possible in comics, right?