Toylines based on movie properties often end up with figures that either don’t resemble their on-screen counterpart, or that flat out don’t exist in the movie. The resemblance issue is often caused by the lead time needed to produce toys. For example, the first wave of GI Joe Retaliation toys were all a best guess on the part of the toy makers as to what might appear on the big screen.
The other issue, those figures who might exist just off-camera, often produces interesting results. In the case of the Rise of Cobra, there were several troop types that exist only as toys. These figures provided a little variety, and a play pattern to match up to the Joes. After all, if the good guys have arctic or underwater operatives, the bad guys need to be there to match up against them.
The movie Eels bear no resemblance to their classic counterpart. Instead, the toned down color palette and functional real world designs of the movie are prominent. Yes, it’s another black uniformed movie figure. I wonder why the line wasn’t a huge hit at retail? Well, at least the packaging was more colorful. Despite the plainness of the color scheme, I find something to like with this particular version of the Eel. Specifically, the vest. It’s a wonderfully detailed addition that adds interest to a figure mold that had already been used several times in the 25th anniversary series. That’s right, Torpedo provided his body mold again. Thankfully, the new vest and head add just enough newness make me like the figure.
There’s a kind of real world military diver aspect to this figure that interests me, and also reminds me of the early small scale Palitoy Action Man figures, like the SAS Frogman.