Low Light (1991)
What happened here? Low Light hit the hair dye. One of the strangest changes of the reimagined figures over the years, fans still wonder why Low Light went from a clean shaven blonde to a grizzled raven haired soldier. Somebody just wasn’t too concerned with toy continuity. Not surprising, since a market of vocal and nit picky adult collectors didn’t exist in 1991 as it now does. Oh, there were also no internet tubes to give every Tom, Dick and Hardtop a voice.
Low Light’s redesign came along in 1991, one of my favorite years of the Real American Hero line. His was the first assortment I found when I rediscovered GI Joe as an adult collector. On the whole, that year always impresses me with both its effective redesigns and fun all-new figures.
Unlike some other figures of the year, Low Light had no spring powered weapon or large accessory. He did have an abundance of gear, all of which serves him well in his slightly altered specialty as a night fighter. The lamp that plugs into the backpack is a particular favorite, and the new rifle is a much better fit in his hands than the original. The helmet with night vision visor may seem a bit large at first, but the look of it grows on you. The dark color helps it blend in with all of his other gear and the generally dark color scheme. Thinking about the colors again, I wonder if that’s the reason for the hair color change. Maybe Low Light is so dedicated to his night missions that he’s even willing to dye his hair black.
If the dark look isn’t your thing, check out the Dino Hunters repaint. He went the opposite way in terms of color, and even went back to blonde. There’s also a pretty nifty 2001 collectors series version done up in a sort of SWAT team/urban combat deco.