The original Sailor Suit Shipwreck is a very cool and iconic GI Joe figure, but not really representative of a navy fighter that you can use in a ground combat situation. He worked perfectly well in the more adventure settings of the Sunbow cartoon, but could look out of place as a toy fighting alongside the likes of Footloose or Flint. He seemed most suited to hanging out on the deck of the USS Flagg.
Enter Battle Corps Shipwreck. Not as tied to the deck of a ship as his previous look would imply, but now stuck as an environment specific figure. Poor Shippy would have to wait until the Valor Vs. Venom series to get a decent land ops uniform. That’s not to say this is a bad figure, far from it in fact. For me, this is the best combat diver figure in the Real American Hero series. Torpedo and Wet Suit were great figures as well, but they seemed more sporting than military to me.
Interesting accessories were a nice change of pace from other Battle Corps figures. Most notably, his face mask was well integrated with the figure, fitting perfectly on his head and plugging into his chest harness. He’s also carrying a large but unique missile launcher, one that he holds more like a suitcase than the usual shoulder mounted models. Labeled a Hydro Blaster Underwater Rocket Launcher, it’s an impressive weapon.
Imagine a 1994 figure with absolutely no bright colors to be found. Like other figures in the final assortment of ARAH figures, he’s a return to the older, more military look of the early 80s. It’s also wonderfully detailed, even down to the seams on the wet suit. He may not be useable in all situations, but he’s an amazing figure.
This mold has since seen release two other times, once in black, and another with a strange paint wipe. To me, however, the most memorable appearance of this figure after 1994 was as a member of the cast of Nickelodeon’s Action League Now! shorts. Anyone else remember Stinky Diver?