Shipwreck went from traditional sailor to combat diver in the Battle Corps era, and Hasbro was happy to keep him in that role for his next few iterations. I can’t help but remember the mold being used to create the character Stinky Diver in Action League Now. The Real American Hero Collection paired him up with Sidetrack, and was available in limited outlets at its time of release.
The accessories are held over from the Battle Corps “tree” although there’s no missile launcher to heft this time around. The scuba mask’s material isn’t quite as flexible as past versions, but I wonder if that isn’t due to age. In any case, the thing is a chore to keep in place.
I’ve said before that I’m not find of paint washes on some action figures, particularly those that aren’t meant to look realistic. Washes can look good on hyper detailed McFarlane-ensue toy lines, but they just don’t mesh with the rivet and o-ring style of classic GI Joes.
I was fortunate to be able to pick up the final wave of Real American Hero Collection figures for a reasonable price at a local comic convention back in 2002. At the time, the sets, especially Serpentor and the Crimson Twins, were going way too high via eBay. I’m glad I got them when I did. I break out these series of figured on occasion because some are interesting departures from the originals, and the others that offer slightly modified paint jobs provide a little variety in the ranks.