Snow Job (1997)
Many of the 1997 collector figures were a disappointment. Missing molds and poor substitutions made for a frustrating experience the first time I found the toys. Gone were the cool repaints as pictured in Previews magazine, replaced with monstrosities like Stars and Stripes Breaker, and bland redecos like battle armor Cobra Commander. The arctic figures were a highlight for me, not only for the simple fact that I enjoy cold weather Joes, but for the comparatively nice paint decos.
Snow Job benefits from some added paint detail not reflected on his original figure. Goggles, buckles and belts are all picked out in individual colors. There was nothing wrong with the simplicity of the original’s paint scheme, it’s just that this one expands it. The sprayed camo patterns are not overdone, and again add a bit more interest to the figure.
All the old accessories made it back into the mix, something that couldn’t be said for much of the 1997 line. The Sunbow XMLR is, as usual, a welcome sight, though I’ve always wanted one in white.
The only real funkiness going on here is the replacement of the upper arm with a rolled up short sleeve. It just looks strange, and this little annoying bit of substitution ran through other later repaints of the mold.