Snow Job (1983)
For a lot of adult Joe collectors, the environment specific characters often get some grief because of their perceived “limited” uses. Torpedo, Dusty, and Snow Job are useful in their specific roles, but outside of them are relegated to the sidelines. Torpedo looks a little ridiculous running through the jungle in a wet suit, and Dusty is out of place in the arctic. When you’re a kid, the Joes for different environments are just another cool figure, no questions asked.
Snow Job was the coolest for me, even though he only was used in the snow. Growing up in the Midwest, we were guaranteed snow at least a few times during the winter, so Snow Job and the Polar Battle Bear saw their fair share of icy adventures.
I’ve said it before about the positives of figures relating to their accessories, and in Snow Job’s case, he follows a format at which the early line excelled: every accessory relates to the figure, and nothing seems thrown-in or extraneous. The best feature of the figure is the fact that the figure can carry or store all of his accessories. Add in the popular laser rifle that became the de facto weapon in the Sunbow cartoon, and you’ve got a Joe snow trooper that was never replaced in my Joe army, even with later releases like Iceberg, Frostbite and Sub Zero.
The mold did get a bit tired out by the end of the 2000’s era with re-releases in the Collector Series, Spy Troops (as a driver) and even in a Toys R Us multi pack.