It’s rare that I feature a figure from my collection who’s incomplete. Sad to say, since I started the blog, my disposable income has diminished, and there are some figures and vehicles I probably won’t be able to complete. Such is the case with Cloudburst, one of the fantastically colored and interestingly accessorized Air Commandos. So right off the bat, you’ll notice that the poor guy is missing his visor. Oops, sorry folks.
The Air Commandos figures feature some of the most unique gear of all the 1990s figures. Because of this, something is lacking in the look of an incomplete vs. complete figure. It’s also nigh impossible to pick up one of their individual accessories. If you want a complete copy, be prepared to shell out.
The design and color of the figure is more akin to a high-tech civilian hang glider pilot than a military operative. He’s not as far-out looking as Fisher-Price’s Adventure People hang glider pilot, but not as utilitarian as good old Tan Grunt.
The poor guy didn’t see much action in either the comic or cartoon. He appeared in just one issue of the Marvel series. Though the Air Commandos showed up in several DIC episodes, Cloudburst only spoke in one episode. Finally, I find it important to point out that he’s also the unfortunate recipient of one of the most unintentionally hilarious manly names in the entire Joe mythos–Chuck Ram. Notice I didn’t qualify that as all 80s toy names. No, for me that honor goes to Jake Rockwell.