Entry eleven into the figure profile is a personal highlight, no pun intended. Besides being an interesting character visually, Low Light (Real Name: Cooper G. MacBride) has a very interesting history. Low Light grew up a shy and timid young man in Crosby, North Dakota – While on a hunting trip with his father, he somehow managed to get separated from his father and got lost in the backwoods. He was found three weeks later with his flashlight, .22 and a grin.
After that experience Low Light grew up to become an expert in light intensification at Fort Benning and later a Night Spotter and Sniper for GI Joe. I can say with almost 100% certainty, that all kids have a fear of the dark as well as bad dreams and that’s what made Low Light such a sympathetic, not to mention likable, character. In episode 24 of the second season of the Sunbow animated series which originally aired on October 30th 1986 and written by comic book great Marv Wolfman, Cobra and Dr. Mindbender manage to induce horrific nightmares on GI Joe members using a sombulatory psychic wave in hopes of driving the them mad. Low Light saves the day and the Joe team by conquering his fears and confronting his nightmares and Dr. Mindbender, who had entered a shared dream the Joe team was having. What kid wouldn’t admire a Joe with that kind of courage? I know I did.
Getting back to the figure itself, I got my Low Light figure through my usual channel, Ebay, and for a decent price considering that he was 100% complete, including that easily lost Bi-pod on his rifle. He did have some paint wear on his boots, hands and some spots on his belt – but it was nothing a little bit of time and some paint couldn’t fix.
The interesting thing about the figure design by Ron Rudat is how timeless his color scheme and outfit are. Heck, it stands up even by today’s standards with the tactical black and grey color pallet and the red highlights from his light intensifying goggles and jacket. I was completely thrilled when Low Light showed up to my door as he was one of my most sought after figures. He’s now proudly displayed on my 1986 shelf. Till next time!
“More Team Members On The Way!”
Welcome back to the eighth entry into the “Figure Profile” series! This entry is special because Lady Jaye marks the first female figure to join my growing collection of GI Joe team members! Lady Jaye’s character in the Sunbow animated series was one of my absolute favorites to watch, she was not afraid to mix it up with the boys and certainly had no problem taking on the evil forces of Cobra. I remember thinking how cool she was charging up the field of battle alongside Flint, Sgt Slaughter, Alpine and Dusty. The first time I laid eyes on the Lady Jaye action figure at a local K-Mart, I recall feeling underwhelmed because I remember thinking “this looks nothing like Lady Jaye!” in the Sunbow cartoon series, Lady Jaye wore dark drab military fatigues, didn’t wear a cap, she didn’t have a javelin gun, and of course she was “super pretty” as I remember thinking at the time. So the figure was a bit of an enigma to me as I struggled to understand how they could have gotten her so “wrong”
All that disappointment aside, and I use that term very loosely, I had a lot of fun playing with the figure because more so than Scarlett, Lady Jaye was, in my young mind, a better GI Joe member than boring ol’ Scarlett. Unbeknownst to me, I started watching the cartoon a little late and missed season one where Scarlett was prominently featured, so Lady Jaye was always my “first” Lady Joe. Plus what kid didn’t have a crush on Lady Jaye? Admit it! When Rhino started releasing GI Joe in season DVD packs I immediately purchased my set and having watched the complete series start to finish, I found that I still preferred Lady Jaye over Scarlet. Plus I could appreciate her relationship with Flint which only added to the both character’s depth and added another layer to their dynamic that I can’t say I caught on to as a kid.
This Lady Jaye figure came from an Ebay auction and was in excellent condition upon arrival. All she needed from me was a top to bottom cleaning and she was perfect. She came complete with all her gear but no file card, but I hope to get one from Nerdragetoys.com, they stock file cards and various vintage pieces and figures.
More Team Members On The Way!
I’m amazed that every time I sit down to write one of these figure profiles, I’m flooded with memories that have been laying dormant in the back of my head somewhere. And tonight’s Seventh entry into the FP series brings back some very fond memories of my youth in Van Nuys CA. I should probably mention that before I became a full blown GI Joe junky, I played with a plethora of toy lines including but not limited to Hasbro’s other giant toy line- Transformers, which I still very much to this day.I had a pretty decent collection of mostly mini bots like Bumble Bee, Sea Spay, Warpath, Cliff Jumper and the like because that’s all I my allowance would afford me.
After I discovered GI Joe, I remember being determined to get as many figures as possible and to that end I became somewhat of a school yard hustler as I discovered that I could take smaller TF’s to school and trade for GI Joes from sucke…er, I mean other kids. Now you’re probably wondering “what’s all this got to do with the Figure Profile?” Well I’m glad you asked true believers (can I even type that without owing Stan Lee a nickel?) because it was through one of these illicit school yard trades that I came to have good ol’ Doc here. To be more specific, I traded Cosmos, the little chunky UFO for Doc and a few other Joes. See how that all tied together nicely?
This figure was purchased on EBay and came complete with file card and all accessories. Touched up his hair a little bit with Tamiya paints and he is ready to join his GI Joe brothers and sisters on the shelf. Enjoy the pics and I’ll be back soon enough with yet another installment of Figure Profile, C’ya!
Ahh Dial-Tone, this figure holds a hallowed place in my childhood memory as the figure that was ripped off by the kid down the block. I don’t remember the kids last name now, but I remember his first name was Donald or as I came to know him “Rip-Off”. Rip-Off came over all the time and was a pretty good friend. Like so many kids our age we spent hours out in the backyard playing Joe and having a blast, little did I know that Rip-Off would soon commit a most heinous crime- GI Joe theft! As I recall, we had both added new figure to our collections and as we had done so many times in the past, we ran over to each others houses to show them off. The door bell rang and there stood Rip-off holding a brand new Mainframe figure. Not to be outdone, I proudly showed off my brand spanking new Dial-Tone to which he took a real liking to as he requested to hold him an unusual number of times. My mom called my name and asked to me to take out the trash, once done I ran back to my room and as soon as I walked in Rip-Off suddenly had to go home, imagine that. We said our goodbyes and when I went to look for my Dial-Tone, he was gone! Nowhere to be found! I looked frantically in my sheets, under my bed, behind the door, and nothing. I then started retracing all my steps to no avail, Dial-Tone was gone. My little heart was crushed. A few days later, guess who suddenly had a new Dial-Tone? That’s right, Rip-Off! that snake in the grass! Funny, that it didn’t actually register that Rip-Off had taken my figure until years later once I wised up. The worst part is that my Mom blamed me for losing a new figure! she was upset because I “never took care of anything” it was a travesty I tell you! Well here we are 20 some-odd years later with a new (to me) Dial-Tone!
Purchased the figure on Ebay for a reasonable 13$ plus shipping and he came complete with his radio backpack, rifle, and file card. Waiting for him to arrive was murder because I knew that in a few short days Dial-Tone and I would be re-united! When he finally arrived, I was really pleased at his condition. Clean screws and tight joints galore! what more could a Joe collector ask for? He had some minor nicks and scratches that were quickly fixed with my trusty Tamiya paints. Still gotta touch a few things here and there but excellent condition overall.
Hope you’ve enjoyed yet another installment of Figure Profile and hope that you’ll join us again next Monday, Until then my friends.
P.S. YOU STILL SUCK RIP-OFF!
More Team Members On The Way!
Here we go, another Monday night, another GI Joe figure profile and this week I’m featuring my second favorite Joe of all time right behind Snake Eyes, I’m talking about the loud-mouth, lazy and brash, Shipwreck. I always looked up to Shipwreck from the cartoon as kid because for some reason that I couldn’t put my finger on, he reminded me of my real life father whom I look up to this day. Plus Shipwreck was just cool. He had a pet parrot named Polly who constantly mocked him and vice versa, he held a general disregard for orders, had that distinct voice thanks to voice actor Niel Ross, and really what kid doesn’t like a rebel?
The figure was really cool too as he stood out from the rest of the Joes thanks to his uniform and his sailor blues. I unfortunately lost Polly along with the rest of Shipwreck’s accessories very early on, lost at sea (bathtub) on some globe trotting adventure I’m sure. I was so attached to this figure that I have vivid memories of taking Shipwreck to the park, school and even Church because you never knew when or where Cobra could attack!
This particular figure came from an Ebay auction and came complete with Polly, gun, rope and hook and of course his file card. After the clean up, I did a quick paint touch up on his gloves, shoes, and a touch of gold on his belt buckle as he was good to go. I’m really fortunate as the figure came with a clean tattoo on his forearm. As a kid, I always wanted a SHARC for Shipwreck to sit in and I never got one….hmmm. I think a second vehicle might be joining my collection pretty soon ; )
More Team Members On The Way!
I’m sure I mentioned this at some point on this blog, but I didn’t come into collecting GI Joe until about 1986 or so when GI Joe was really in it’s stride and Hasbro was beginning to design figures with a bit more sci-fi (pun) elements to them and veering slightly from it’s early military influences. Aside from Sci-fi here, 1986 also saw the release of characters like the evil Dr. Mindbender and B.A.Ts into the line further demonstrating the lines versatility by having fantasy inspired characters alongside more traditional military figures like Low-light, Beachhead, and Hawk V2.
Some of Sci-Fi’s figure defining characteristics were his helmet, his laser rifle and his color. Sci-Fi is a brightly colored neon green laser trooper and even amongst a line full of fantastic characters, he still managed to stand out amongst his action figure peers because of his bright -you can’t miss him- color. He’s a cool and memorable action figure. The figure originally came with a backpack, laser rifle, and tubing to connect the two.
This particular figure come once again from Ebay for under 20$ and came in exceptional shape. Sharp paint, tight joints, and complete. Really happy to have picked this guy up and I can’t stress how much fun it is to go to Ebay, type “vintage gi joe 3 3/4” and start seeing so many awesome figures populate the screen. Each one brings a back a memory from the toon, the figures I originally had, or from the original Marvel GI Joe comics -reminds me why I’m doing this in the first place. See ya next week.
More Team Members On The Way!
Welcome back! I tend to throw around the phrase “I loved this figure when I was a kid!” a lot and to a degree, I’m not lying or exaggerating when I say that. There are very few Joes that I didn’t like and sure there are GI Joe team members that I liked above others but Beachhead was at the very top of the ” I love this figure” heap. This character always stood out to me on a visual level because of the magazines on his chest rig, his balaclava and the color combination of the greens, browns and blacks – the figure as a whole is quite memorable. But beyond that, Beachhead is simply a baddass. He’s a no holds barred, loud, balls to the wall, “shoot first, ask questions later” kinda guy and to a kid, that’s cool!
Beachhead here was picked up on Ebay, which has to date become my only source of figures (I’ll touch upon this in an editorial later) He came complete, with only slight paint wear, tight joints, and free of rusty screws (whew!) and I love that his Ranger painted patch is still perfectly intact. Di the standard buff and shine on him and he turned out great just like all the figures so far.I’m going to circle back around to beachhead’s paint in a bit as my local hobby shop where I buy my paints were out the particular shade of grey that I needed.
And there you have it. Not a big profile to Beachhead as there were really no major issues with him, so a short profile is a good profile. See ya next week!
More Team Members On The Way!