Mayday (Unproduced GI Joe Extreme)
As much grief as the GI Joe Extreme concept gets, there were some interesting aspects of Hasbro’s ill-fated second attempt to follow-up the Real American Hero era. The animated series and comic book were decent, for what they were, and certainly surpassed the toys in terms of overall entertainment value. As lackluster as the toys were, I do have a soft spot for the Iron Klaw/Lt. Stone two-pack. But that’s a story for another day.
Unable to catch GI Joe lightning in a bottle for a second time, the Extreme series died on the vine before some of its second assortment could get to shelves. Mayday was one of those unfortunates who were pictured on the back of later figure packages like Black Dragon and Harpoon, but who just didn’t have the luck to make it to retail. Some carded examples apparently exist, and have been posted online over the years. So, did we miss anything, not having received the line’s only female figure? Perhaps more importantly, does anyone really care?
Aside from some nice detail in the sculpt, the figure looks to be more of the same that was seen among the Extreme toys that were released. Mayday falls more along the lines of the Lt. Stone figure, with an upright, only slightly pre-posed look. Stylistically, I’m reminded of the X-men’s 90s Jean Grey. Maybe that’s just down to the fact she’s got red hair and some padding on her outfit.
Mayday was equipped with an all terrain ski backpack. I have no idea what that does, but on the package back, she’s shown standing on the backpack in what I assume is ski mode. She did come packing a ginormous gun, a staple for the time. It looks like something Cable, or any of the forty seven other completely interchangeable, hulking Liefeld lunkheads or the era, would carry into battle. If nothing else, Mayday is most definitely extreme.