Dear Battle Force 2000,
I’m sorry to have mocked and disparaged you several times over the course of this blog’s existence. I’ve since come to respect and even admire elements of your team’s design and sculpts. I don’t know why I hadn’t appreciated the strangeness of your concept and execution, considering the fact that I love a lot of the wackier Joes from later in the line. Maybe the crappiness of Dee-Jay sullied my outlook on the team as a whole.
Now that I’m looking at the group again from a less cynical perspective, I see some things that I really like. From a sculpt perspective, there are some wonderful details on this figure. Most notable for me is the fine texture on the tunic underlying his chest piece. I can’t believe how well the crispness and detail was brought out. I can’t recall too many other figures that had this kind of chainmail like texture on their uniforms.
In previous coverage of BF2K, I’ve complained about the goofiness of the group’s heads and helmets. I still see those elements as weak points, but Dodger doesn’t fare too badly. The helmet just doesn’t strike me as being as interesting as other parts, like his chest harness. I also like the removable headsets sported by some of the figures.
When the other members of the team were killed, Dodger was the only one saved from death. I wonder why he was chosen to survive? Maybe because he was the only one tough enough to go sleeveless.
P.S. Though I’ve now come around to BF2K, you have to cut me some slack with my treatment of Dee-Jay. Even a guy like me with no shame or taste has his limits.