Couldn’t this guy have just been Short-Fuse? He certainly has the look and the specialty to be the Joe team’s original mortar soldier. Other ’82 Joes had the redo treatment later in the line. Actually, this did happen when the mold was re released as Short-Fuze in 2004. Regardless of name, it was a welcome addition to have another mortar man in the ranks.
The later Joe figures catch flak for straying farther and farther from drab military style and into the realms of sci-fi. Downtown has a look all his own, and seems to be going the route of a stylized future soldier. The odd helmet is the most striking feature, and appears at first glance like boxing headgear or even something out of the short-lived Laser Tag knock off series Photon. The boots, with what appear to be armored bracers, are unlike normal Joe team footwear, and look like something Zartan would wear.
1989 was a year for large amounts of gear inclusions, and Downtown is no different. His backpack holds six mortar rounds, which unfortunately don’t fit into the mortar. The mortar itself is quite detailed, and more modern looking than the previous version from ’82, with its tripod style legs. The whole concept here is for a highly mobile mortar man, and Downtown fits the bill.