When I came back to GI Joe collecting in the 90s, my collecting philosophy was very much one of picking and choosing. I was back into the brand, but wasn’t picking up each and every release. I saved that effort for the Toy Biz Marvel lines, at least for a while. Oops. Anyway, as I perused the Joe selection through the year, I simply picked what either stuck my fancy, or was based on characters I remembered from the 80s. So guys like Ozone were left on the pegs, at least until they were discounted or showed up at the Half Price Store. Looking back, I suppose I could have saved a few bucks by being a Joe completist in the 90s, but then again, most of these later figures were still cheap in the early 2000s. Some are still cheap today.
Ozone is just a straight-up repaint of his Eco Warriors release. In fact, he was released twice in ’93 as part of the Star Brigade subset. The other version, which trades out the grey uniform for a tan number, is nicely done, but I find the grey scheme more appropriately fits with the space motif. The tan version might make a nice replacement for the Eco Warrior team to those who don’t care for the original’s blue and yellow hues. My favorite repaint of the mold came in 1994, when it was done up in an all-over deep maroon with yellow highlights.
Before you call foul thinking that the figure was adapted to Star Brigade simply based on its uniform’s resemblance to a space suit, the file card solidly keeps Ozone in his ecological specialty, and simply extending his responsibilities to the final frontier, as it were. It’s actually quite well done, I think. He certainly makes more sense hanging about in space than old Roadblock.