Flint (1991 Eco Warriors)
So Flint finally got out from under Duke’s smirking shadow, and was assigned to head up the Eco Warriors. He’s not the first person I would think of to lead the group. Airtight would have been my first choice, but he’s not a top tier character like Flint. The file card doesn’t make any ado about specialized hazmat training to prepare him for the job, but rather talks up Flint’s tough and no-nonsense approach to dealing with enemies. He does appear to be dedicated to the cause, as the file card says the last person he caught smoking on an elevator met his wrath. I have to wonder if that was the Joe HQ elevator, or somewhere in the civilian world. I can imagine Flint giving some poor guy the what-for on the elevator at Macy’s. Seems more than a bit harsh, but it was the PC 90’s.
The Eco Warriors made an appearance in the DIC cartoon and Marvel comics, and yes, the episodes and issues in question are as much goofy fun as the toys themselves. In a change from the Sunbow portrayal, Flint was played as a kind of John Wayne type in the cartoon, complete with the kind of Western twang suitable for a Kansas native.
I don’t mind this mold at all, in fact I think it’s very solid, and my favorite of the group next to Clean Sweep. Someone at Hasbro must have liked the suit for Flint, because it was repainted in the 2000’s in a desert color scheme. As an Eco Warrior, the outfit is appropriately bright and appears to be well sealed from the dangerous he’ll encounter. Well, maybe not, since his neck is uncovered. The helmet is refreshingly different with its insectoid lacrosse player design. The wrap around goggles remind me of a praying mantis, and the mesh face mask is plain strange. As cool as the helmet looks, the lack of painted detail on it is disappointing, as the package art depicts the goggles in a different color.
Yes, the guns are huge, and yes one of them squirts water and yes the figure has color change paint, but come on, aren’t toys supposed to be fun? If I had been eight years old in 1991, I would have absolutely been in love with this concept. Wait a minute, I was 18 and in love with the concept. Maybe I’m not the typical example for this analogy. Never mind.