Lt. Torpedo (2008 Sea Command)
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the 25th anniversary line, with its hit and miss updates of vintage figures, I did find a few figures that really struck my fancy. Most of the figures I enjoyed were either new characters or designs that hadn’t been a part of the RAH line.
The rehashing of old figures into new articulation didn’t hold a lot of interest for me. I was more impressed by the use of vintage (or close to vintage) card art and packaging. As far as the figures themselves, I found a few of my old favorites worked well in the new format. Torpedo was one of them, and though the new version will never replace the original, the added articulation and more detailed sculpt and accessories were welcome improvements. I particularly enjoyed the modern line’s ability to incorporate more removable accessories, like Torpedo’s diving mask.
The Torpedo mold was reused several times, and I found something to like about each version. Basing figures on Sunbow designs was one aspect that I found interesting about the 25th anniversary line. Though this figure, from a Toys R Us exclusive three pack, was intended to be Torpedo, he could also fill in for any number of wet suit wearing Joes from scenes in which the team ventured underwater. Although the figure is not completely accurate to the animation models, it still makes for a nice attempted homage.