Crazylegs would seem to be a weird code name for airborne assault, but I was used to the name in some respect, as my Dad was prone to mention Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch when I was young. Why did he? I have no idea. But that’s my crazylegs story.
Crazylegs to me is one of those figures who just always seem to show up. When I was a kid, he seemed to be perennially available. You know the kind of toy–when your parent(s) tell you that you can pick something out and there’s just not much to choose from. As a kid, it’s impossible to just tell them you’ll wait until you’re at another store. So you pick up a figure like Crazylegs. Later, as an adult collector, he always seemed to be in the lots I came across. I’m not disparaging the character or the figure, just remembering how I picked mine up. And I was pretty picky when it came to the ’87 Joes, so he ranked pretty high to me.
He’s a nice addition to previous jumper favorites like Airborne and Ripcord. His color scheme seems more suited to a performing skydiver than military, but the Joes always need a little flash in the ranks. The cool rifle and jump pack are most of what drew me to the figure back in the day, and they’re still my favorite elements of the toy.
If I had one wish, it would have been for a removable helmet. I always found the Joes had a little more personality when you could remove their headgear. However, Crazylegs has a pretty unique and expressive face. He certainly looks like he’s enjoying his work. He must be happy to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.