Joe Toys That Could Have Been: MASS Device Figures Part 3
By Past Nastification
Finishing up the figures that could have been generated from the iconic first GI Joe animated mini-series. There are some great ones in this group. Stay tuned for playsets coming soon!
Cobra Space Trooper: Lazy Sunbow gave Star Wars’ Stormtroopers new helmets and slightly different colors and hoped no one would notice. I noticed, but I’d be happy to see these figures made.
Civilians: The Joes have to save someone… as in everyone. In the early 80’s Fisher-Price Adventure People, various Mego lines, and a few human Star Wars figures provided civilians for the Joes to protect and for Cobra to terrorize. Maybe Hasbro could go ahead and make a generic pack of butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers?
Cobra Snakebot: Bigger than the SNAKES, which the Joes fought in the radioactive mine, the Cobra Snakebots would be around 15ft tall. Plus a long pink tongue!
Airborne: Animated Airborne looking almost nothing like his fatigue-clad action figure. Decked out in a turquoise jump suit with brass bracelets, the weirdness alone justifies a figure.
Torpedo on Land: Torpedo was the Joes’ first SEAL, of which the L stands for Land. But when on land, the action figure’s wetsuit design was out-of-place. Sunbow threw him in blue trousers and a white t-shirt. To Sunbow’s credit, the trousers actually look like the ones worn by the OG13.
Cover Girl: Hasbro’s ’83 Cover Girl had short auburn hair with a brown upper half and a tan lower half. Sunbow initially gave her long blonde hair with an olive uniform. Both designs are pretty good, with Sunbow’s being good enough to deserve production.
Pidge: Before becoming the pilot of Voltron’s Green Lion, Pidge apparently hung out with Duke when they were teenagers. We saw him in a memory projection. Do we really need an action figure of the dork that Duke protected? No, but creating figures outside of the 20-50 age range in which most action figures seem to exist is overdue. Throw in some old folks, too, Hasbro.