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!”