We’re officially into summer here in the US, and it’s been getting really hot around my neck of the woods lately, so why not break out a figure photo that I took in the dead of winter and write about it? It’s kind of like eating an ice cream cone after playing basketball in the driveway all day in 104 degree heat. Long time readers may notice that I’ve written about this guy before, but hey, I find him to be a really interesting looking figure. So here he is again.
What’s the funkiest aspect of Battle Corps Frostbite? Is it his orange grenades or orange missile launcher? Well, they’re odd, but sort of par for the course for 1993. How about the inexplicable presence of a machete for an arctic figure? I think that could be explained away as necessary for some sort of survival purpose in the cold. Maybe he uses it to slice open cans of beans, or fight off wayward polar bears.
No, the strangest and most oddly fascinating part of this figure is the mask. Just what is it? Well, the file card helpfully points out that it’s a frost-free face mask. Okay. Nice to know that it won’t get frosty on him. But just what in the Sam Hill purpose could it serve? Is Frostbite going to be the goalie in a pickup hockey game at the Joe team’s winter outpost? I still can’t quite figure this thing out, and added to the fact that it just looks outright creepy, has kept me interested in this figure.
Actually, there are aspects that make this Frostbite one of my late line RAH favorites, like the unique boots and the surprisingly toned down color palette (aside from the orange grenades). It’s just a really solidly done arctic figure, even with the slasher movie villain face mask.