Cutter (1992 DEF)
My original Cutter figure did most of his on-duty toy time at the helm of the WHALE (naturally). Outside of that vehicle, he commanded the Tactical Battle Platform, which seemed like a natural fit. I didn’t have a USS Flagg as a kid, otherwise I’m sure he would have manned that gargantuan playset in some way. I know, he’s Coast Guard, but kids don’t care much for adhering to military branches. Also, this is GI Joe, right? The military group in which seemingly every main character was qualified to pilot fixed wing aircraft (often without proper headgear, I might add).
I wasn’t too keen on the DEF concept when the subset hit shelves. I stayed mostly within the main-line releases until later in the 90s when I began picking up more and more figures (on the cheap). Although it didn’t float my boat at the time, I find the DEF Battle Flash weapons to be pretty snazzy these days. What can I say, I’m a sucker for translucent plastic and light-up features. Cutter’s is even cooler as it incorporates a grappling hook. Win win win!
Unfortunately, when I broke out this version for pics, I could not find his original rifle. So here, the Shark 9000 Cutter lends his weapon. I think it’s a decent and sensible swap, but also a shame, since the original is quite unique, and I don’t think it’s been recast in other colors. There’s also something very cool and toyetic about a complement of all white weapons. Speaking of weapons, that enormous flashlight could double as a pugel stick. I thought police Mag-lites were big, but holy cow. This thing gives Cutter an extra two foot reach. Roll an extra D6 for melee, Skip.