Psyche-Out (1990 European Tiger Force)
Even though 1987 was the last year that I collected Joes as a kid, I still find myself looking back to that year with as many fond memories of the year’s figures as anything from ’82 to ’86. One of my all-time faves (Battle Armor Cobra Commander) was released that year. He was one of the two Joe figures that I held onto when collecting toys became “uncool”. The ’87 Joe team members still had that magic feeling for me when I saw their little postage stamp sized pictures on the cardbacks.
Psyche-Out was one of the stranger looking yet no less fun Joes that year. If I didn’t know better at the time, I might have thought he was some kind of radar operator, what with the amount of antennae and dishes protruding from his person. On top of that, his colors were odd, and that hair–what a mop! Speaking of hair, I guess he felt like dying it black when he made the trip overseas.
On the further subject of color, the European Tiger Force eschewed the domestic releases’ jungle schemes for a more colorful palate of oranges, blues and even red. Though they don’t fit in exactly with their earlier brethren, the figures make for an interesting counterpart. I was excited to see some of these colors return years later on Dial-Tone and Stalker in the Toys R Us exclusive Tiger Force multi-pack.
For a lower tier character, Psyche-Out really made the rounds in the sub-teams. He appeared in Night Force, Tiger Force and the Sonic Fighters. The guy must have had a full footlocker by the time his stint ended.