Low Light (2001)
I’m a huge fan of the 1991 figures. There’s not a one that I don’t find some reason to like. It’s a series that, for better or worse, seems to bridge what came before with what would come to be. It was our first exposure to spring-loaded weapons as a routine. It also featured several reinterpretations of existing figures. Wherever they showed up, I was always happy to see the molds from that year get new life, even if they were simple repaints. A lot of the series’ molds were given life later: at the end of the RAH line, into the ’97-98 exclusives, and even through the new sculpt era packs. Heck, I don’t even mind the Funskool versions.
First off, this mold already saw a re-release as part of the legendary Dino Hunters set. He wasn’t exactly decked out in colors that blend well into night operations. This time, as part of the Real American Hero Collection, the famed night spotter gets a more subdued look, and repainted in these colors looks like he could be used as a military police operative. Perhaps I’m more inclined to think so since he was included in a two pack with Sure Fire, an military police character. I can picture this figure perched on a darkened rooftop, communicating with guys like his pack mate, or Shockwave and Bullhorn on a hostage negotiation situation. The mostly solid color is a very unified paint scheme, and I’m also glad to see the face camouflage go by the wayside. Low Light still has dark hair, so for those who don’t dig the fact that the formerly blonde Joe may have broken out the dye bottle, he can always be used as a new character.
Thankfully all of the excellent 1991 version’s accessories were included. The large helmet and visor are still present, but they still don’t bother me too much, even years later. Again, this is one of those figures that can hold and store all of its weapons and accessories. Both the flashlight and knife have places to plug into the backpack. I love those little details.