The final assortment of the Real American Hero era included some unsung figures that transcend their 90s origin. That decade at times gets some unfair derision among collectors. While there were a large amount of ridiculous and strange ideas going on, with every sort of sub-team and action feature you could think of, the figure output for those last few years had its share of gems.
Flint was part of the main line Battle Corps series, and I can remember being impressed with the figure when it was released, but also feeling like something was missing. He was given a cool, more basic military look than recent years had offered, but the desert specialty initially left me a little cold. I thought, why wasn’t this Dusty?
While the outfit and specialty of desert paratrooper seem out of type for him, remember that Flint has been one of the big names in the brand since his debut. I can understand why he was included, particularly if Hasbro was attempting to pull the line back closer to its roots. Flint is the perfect choice to include as a solid leader, regardless of the environment he’s working in.
Like Duke from the same period, Flint received an excellent new headsculpt. It’s a great rendition that captures his attitude while giving us a Flint without headgear. The weapons tree is thankfully done in black this time around, and the selection isn’t totally nonsensical. He’s also equipped with the usual ginormous missile launcher, though this one at least has a unique look. My main concern with these launchers is not always with the concept or look, but with the fact that too many of them can’t be held by the figure while posed. Poor Flint’s launcher is constantly pointing at the ground.
The missing element to this figure for me are paint apps. The lack of painted detail on some of the final Battle Corps figures affects the look of a few key characters. Some examples of this Flint have no painted straps on the legs. A bigger issue for me however, is that all of the 1994 Flints lack paint on the beret. The package art shows it in familiar black, but on the figure is all tan. Just this bit of paint could have made a big difference, and tied it into the original.