This more subdued color scheme followed up the Battle Corps’ repackaging of a planned (and colorful) Eco Warrior Outback. I don’t recall if either version was difficult to find, as the last two years of the Real American Hero line lingered on shelves in my area.
When Outback was revealed as part of last year’s con set, I was hoping we’d get a modern version if this hard hat wearing iteration of the Joe team’s top survivalist. The mold hasn’t really screamed Outback to me, probably because it’s so different from his familiar and iconic 1987 version. This figure looks more like a forest ranger, or even a combat engineer than a survival specialist. Perhaps the forester was a part of the Eco Warriors design, the ultimate “tree hugger” for its time.
The 1990s file cards really broke down the accessories and mold details of the figures with a handy-dandy call-out section at the bottom. Some of Outback’s notable embellishments: a bulletproof canteen, metaloid (whatever that is) hardhat, and personalized wool hiking socks. I guess he’s embroidered his name so he doesn’t lose them come Joe laundry day.