Here’s one for all you fans of figure recipes. Let’s see who went into making Rumblerstein. Footloose gave his head, Crankcase loaned his helmet. Heavy Metal bestowed his arms, torso, and weapon, and Bazooka provided his waist and legs. Wow.
This patchwork figure begs the question: was the R/C Crossfire a rush job, or was the figure a last minute addition to the vehicle. Up to this point, hadn’t all the vehicle drivers had some element of new parts?
I remember seeing the vehicle in stores, but not getting it because of the price tag. Rumbler seemed uninteresting to me as well. However, I thought the idea of a radio controlled Joe vehicle was great. I actually had a radio controlled Joe scale jeep that my parents bought me from the JC Penney Christmas catalog in 1984. Even though it wasn’t GI Joe branded, that thing saw a lot of use in my backyard battles.
Back to Rumbler, he would remain a bit boring to me, if not for his wonderfully hued pants. What can I say about them? I suppose I should have covered them as part of Nice Pants week. Actually, these pants are probably more impressive than any other pair. The other Nice Pants figures tend toward odd camo patterns and strange tailoring, but Rumbler eclipses them all. He takes Bazooka’s nondescript and sensible cargos to new heights by finding them in the most succulent shade of peach. Most impressive.