Wild Weasel (2008)
If there’s one improvement that made me really take notice during the 25th anniversary line’s lifetime, it’s removable equipment. Yes, the 80s and 90s figures came along with many a helmet and backpack, but the modern line incorporated even more headwear and gear that could be donned and doffed as needed.
Wild Weasel, part of a comic two-pack alongside fellow fighter jockey Ace, as well as the Target exclusive Rattler, features one of the tiniest bits of removable equipment since the miniature mics of the 1980s. Rather than an entire helmet that could come off, the figure’s visor simply pops out. The attachment is actually quite secure, and the end result is a mysteriously masked face that brings to mind the classic Eels figure. Just seeing the eyes leaves a lot to the imagination, and I think the character is better for it. Sometimes it’s better to not see the face behind the mask, and I’m glad Wild Weasel remained partially hidden.
As for the rest of the figure, it’s a serviceable reworking of previously used parts, mostly originating from Snow Job. The borrowed uniform bits actually work very well for a flight suit, as the cold weather bulk lends itself well to the all-over look of a g-suit.
Newly created plug-in items like the uniquely decorated Cobra holster help add a little more detail to the figure. Nothing too fancy here, just a solid interpretation of a classic figure, with the added benefits of a more intricate modern styling.