If there’s been one (make that two) figures Joe ‘toon and comic fans have yearned for over the years, it’s Tomax and Xamot in their Extensive Enterprises business suits. I should have prefaced that by saying adult Joe fans, since I certainly didn’t give a whit about having any business-suited action figures during my childhood Joe years. It’s only with a nostalgia-addled mind that I would consider such a thing to be an essential part of my collection. I had a hard time justifying playing with Admiral Ackbar in his Mon Calamari version of a Mr. Rourke’s outfit, let alone a Cobra villain in an 80s power suit. But that’s just me.
The 2005 Crimson Guard Force multi-packs were unique not only in that they offered the Crimson Twins attired in something other than circus style costumes, but that two variations of packs were available, each containing one of the brothers. Some may call it a crass ploy to get collectors buying up two sets, but I was going to buy multiples anyway. I couldn’t get enough of the Siegies in this set.
I can commend the effort at the suit. At least Hasbro tried, and did the best they could with what was available. Sure, the dress blues Gung Ho legs would have been a better choice than sticking with Headman’s Zoot Suit legs, but I imagine those molds weren’t around. Didn’t the ’87 GH end up in South America? I’m not sure about the pearlescent plastic of the suit, but maybe it’s an attempt to replicate a silk look? The guys have always dressed pretty spiffy.
Regardless of the weird look, I’m a sucker for picking up any Tomax and Xamot set. My only wish for these two would have been some kind of mirror gimmick inside the packaging, or possibly a reference to the other brother being available in another pack. I do give props for the package art flip-flopping the pair’s direction in the character line-up. Oh, and further props for not including the horrendous original laser rifles.