I never had the interest to pick up this figure as a kid. Something about it just didn’t appeal to me. I think it may have been the head. It always seemed overly large. Maybe that’s just due to size of the hat. That thing is like a tent sitting on top of his head. I like the figure now, but when it came out, it held little excitement for me. I was more psyched for Serpentor. Before you throw stones, know that I’ve at least been consistent over the years in my questionable taste.
Leatherneck, for me, just wasn’t a fitting replacement for Gung Ho. Most of this was due to the prominence of Gung Ho in both the cartoon and comic. The cartoon portrayal of Leatherneck annoyed me to no end, especially when he was paired up with Wet Suit. Ugh.
Maybe I didn’t like the mustache. That’s a bit odd, since I really liked Mutt, and he sported a pretty solid ‘stache. I think this one is more of the Reynoldsesque variety than the rival Selleckstache. Who knows why I found the figure so uninteresting? Maybe it was the pants. What Joes at that point didn’t have their pants bloused around their boots? Now here comes Leatherneck, whose pants look oddly a little too tight around the calves. Did he not know how to properly launder them, and they shrank? They looked like pajama bottoms to me.
If the younger me could come up with a postive, it would have been the weapon. A nice M-16 with attached grenade launcher was a welcome sight, and more useful than Gung Ho’s grenade launcher. Molding it in grey gave it an interesting difference from previous similar rifles. Of course, that still didn’t convince young Rob to pony up three bucks for the figure. Sorry, Leatherneck.