The original Tripwire actually got a lot of play on my Joe team back in the 80s. It seemed that for a while, no matter what sort of mission I cooked up for my squad, they came across a situation demanding Mr. Skoog’s unique specialty. Now that I think about it, navigating a group of toy soldiers through a minefield seems like more than a little grim bit of role playing for a young one.
Fast forward to the early 2000s, and the character re-appeared in the newly launched Real American Hero collection. This line was interesting both for its inclusion of classic favorites, as well as a rather toned down palette of uniform colors. In comparison to the bright hues of the 90s, the series offers some subdued options for those who prefer greens and browns to day-glo.
Tripwire was a pack-mate to Big Brawler, one of the most memorable (at least to me) new additions to the team in the modern era. Tormod’s new iteration is, in comparison to the force of nature that is The Brawling One rather bland. Blandness isn’t necessarily bad, especially when you’re a guy who doesn’t have anything particularly flashy to add to the team.
I find the substitution of black for light grey to be a nice change. You can even call it a Night Force Tripwire, if you’re so inclined.