In remembering back to the time of the new GI Joe 2002 series, there was a clamor by fans for the well known classic characters of the 80s. Most folks also wanted to see their favorites decked out in their old duds as well. Flint obliges, although he’s more than a little odd looking, like some other figures from later waves in the first year of the relaunch.
From the waist up, this isn’t a badly done figure. It’s got the hallmarks of the old Flint, with the familiar beret, black shirt and chest harness. The head seems to read as younger than the classic Flint, though I can’t fault that. Kids probably wouldn’t be too interested in a fortysomething action figure. This head always looked to me like it would make a better Falcon than Flint.
The legs are where the figure goes a little crazy. To say they’re stylized would be an understatement. Stylized sculpts aren’t a bad thing, but when the line suddenly had figures like this mixed with more subdued molds like Sgt. Stalker, the differences made me scratch my head. For another example, witness Flint’s robotically fugly pack mate, the Baroness. Those two were a weird pair. The changes in style were unlike the 80s line, in which the figures conformed pretty rigidly to a standard buck.
I’ve got nothing against throwing a little funkiness into GI Joe now and again, but I can’t really find much usefulness for this Flint. He kind of exists in a strange little pocket dimension of cartoonish oddness.