Tan Clutch Revisited
A recent post on Hisstank featuring a set of custom original thirteen Joes in tan a la Grunt and Clutch got me to thinking about those two guys, and how much I like the tan repaints. I’ve covered ’84 Clutch once before, so why not share a few more thoughts?
Tan Clutch is one of my most fondly remembered Joes. I think I’ve told the story before of going to a friend’s birthday party in 1984 and being witness to his receipt of all the cool Joe vehicles for the year. In one fell swoop, my friend was owner of a Water Mocassin, Cobra Stinger, and VAMP Mark II. To this day, I still can’t decide which of the latter two I like more. Not only were both vehicles great new toys, but their drivers were as well. How could two simply repainted versions of previously available figures cause such a strong reaction?
Both were the perfect complement to their vehicles. Molded primarily in a contrasting shade to their vehicle, these two drivers didn’t just blend in behind the steering wheel, they owned their rides. In fact, I never had anyone else driving their vehicles. Even though I had a green Clutch, I primarily used the tan version, especially since it closely resembled his Sunbow counterpart. Clutch also had the double distinction of matching another driver figure, the Falcon Glider’s tan Grunt. Now the early Joe team had the beginnings of a desert force. Too bad the rest of the ’82 group wasn’t done up in the same fashion.