The GI Joe Collectors Club recently announced that the 2012 exclusive subscription figure will be Footloose, one of the most requested figures to not get a 25th anniversary style figure. Why is he such a fan demanded character?
1985 is regarded by many Joe collectors as the pinnacle of the vintage line. So many iconic characters and designs that continue to be produced even in the modern line had their beginning in this year. It was a year that introduced new specialized Cobra troops as well as some great new Joes that both supplemented and replaced the original characters. Footloose, the Joe team’s new infantryman, is an example of the latter, and is he ever an improvement over his predecessor, Grunt.
Don’t get me wrong, I have much love for the original 13 Joes, but there’s just no comparison with the later figures in terms of sculpt and detail . The attention to detail and the small touches are what make this figure continue to resonate with collectors. He easily fits in even with later figures, thanks to his level of detail, subtle paint apps and bulkier style. 1985 was also a great year for accessories, and Footloose gets his fair share: an awesome new M-16 with strap, rocket launcher, new backpack and a fantastically sculpted helmet with sculpted camo and web cover.
Footloose dropped out of college and moved to the west coast to “find himself”. He ended up joining the Army. He was portrayed in both his file card and the cartoon as an “out there” individual. In the cartoon, even gave us tips on what to do for a nosebleed.