Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: G.I. Joe Action Pilot Astronaut

The final figure in this set is the Action Pilot Astronaut. He was the only figure to be exclusive to this set and not have a figure released at retail. So before we take a closer look at him, lets look at a promo image:

This promo image was taken from the pre-production catalogue and the most notable difference between the pre-production figure was that it had a metallic silver paint scheme rather than flat darker silver. 

The filecard is off the back of the box and features the action figure picture next to the purple background. His filecard explains that he was a high tech jet pilot before moving onto NASA and becoming a Mercury astronaut.

Taking the figure out of the box, he's dressed in a dark silver Mercury space suit with an American flag on his arm. There are folds in the flight suit and there's a chest box. Aside from the zipper, chest box and flag on the arm, there are no real painted details on the figure. The face sculpt is like the others and features a very 1960s look and even has a scar peeking out the snoopy cap.

His suit is based on that of actual Mercury Astronauts of the era, or better known as the Navy Mark IV, first used in the late 50s for pilots and later adapted for use by NASA. 

His main accessory is a helmet that can be placed over his head, with a clear visor that can be flipped up and down. He only has one other accessory and that is his Mercury Capsule

The only difference between the off white/grey capsules was the sticker on the back. It denotes which country the set is from. There is no difference between the toys and I'm sure if one version is actually rarer than the other.

The real capsule was actually more of a grey colour and not off white, but the figure sits in the same way and there's a plastic cover that opens on the toy version, allowing the astronaut figure to be sat inside the capsule.

Taking a look at the figure and comparing the original figure to the 1994 counterpart. Aside from the suit colour, they are largely the same. Even down to a similar face sculpt. 

An interesting figure overall to say the least. I'm not sure why Hasbro decided to put him in with the collection alongside other branches of the military, but space exploration was a major part of the 1950s and 1960s. In my honest opinion, he is perhaps the weakest link in the set and if he was released at retail, then he probably would have been largely skipped over.