TBT: Hardtop (2004 Tiger Force)
In honor of this year’s convention set theme, I thought I’d post a throwback to an old post that’s appropriate, I think. Enjoy…
Wow, the color scheme rivals something out of Funskool. First he was saddled with a baby blue outfit, and now this. Although when you think about it, what need does a heavy vehicle operator have for camouflage? He’s usually sitting in the largest piece of equipment around. Besides, orange is a pretty common color within the space flight field, isn’t it? I know I’ve seen astronauts and other NASA types doing space stuff while wearing bright orange. Maybe that’s why there aren’t any of the other typical Tiger Force colors here. Or maybe he’s also a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan. Wait, never mind. He’s from Chicago.
Hey, he’s got the original mic! But not his original handgun, which is a bear to find. Apparently so for Hasbro as well. He’s also missing his original legs, so he’s stuck with 1984 Firefly’s. Yeesh, not Firefly again. The collectors club and Toys R Us went to that well so many times in the 00’s, there ought to be a Six Degrees of ’84 Firefly trivia game.
Hardtop is one of those really really specific Joes who don’t get much attention or much love from the fandom. I don’t think I’ve seen him in any online discussions about which figures we’d like to see in a modern interpretation. Poor guy.