I’m torn. I really like the vintage Dial Tone figure, but I have a hard time liking this one. The old Dial Tone had a very unique look, from his outfit to his weapons and accessories. He was another one of those 80s redesigns that kept life in the line. The concept of a communications specialist that worked so well with Breaker was expanded upon to great effect. This figure presents a representation of Dial-Tone in the more modern style, but the parts choices don’t really stand up to or reflect the originality of the old figure.
With the exception of the head, it looks a little too much to me like a custom. The Buzzer harness replicates what Dial-Tone wore in ’86, but it still reads to me as part of a Dreadnok’s wardrobe. Why does Dial-Tone need a steel shoulder plate? Finally, there’s the 25th Gung Ho legs. Were they specifically designed to be annoying? It’s almost as bad as the Gung Ho/Duke leg overuse of the 2000s.