The Power of Packaging: Outback
Outback is to me one of the most compelling figures of 1987, the year in which I stopped collecting GI Joes. Other interests began to grab my attention, and toys fell be the wayside. That’s not to say that I wasn’t impressed with my last childhood hurrah for the toy line.
Outback is a figure whose packaging art is just as cool as the toy inside. Where other figures were lacking compared to the artistic rendering on their cardbacks, Outback stole the show for me as a Joe who triggered so many ideas for adventure. He was also a character who, in hindsight, appears to be a bit of throwback (in looks and specialty) to the Adventure Team of the 70s. True homage, or coincidence? Who knows, but the guy is cool.