Monday, 22 February 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: G.I. Joe Action Sailor (Orange)

We're almost at the end of this little journey into the world of the 1994 30th Anniversary GI Joe figure run. In this review, we're going to be taking a look at the Navy portion of the box set and his representation in Actron Sailor (Orange). He wasn't released at retail like the others, instead, he was only released in this Original Action Team set and as a 1995 convention exclusive.

Taking the figure out the box, we see a very different figure here. Instead of being decked out in blue fatigues and a cap, we have our Sailor in the colours of an Air Sea Rescue diver. He sports a bright orange wetsuit, with a black facemask, black harness, weight belt and a dive knife on his shin. On his left wrist, he has a dive watch and compass, although it isn't painted. 

John Foster in his 1950s Wetsuit with hood, the first real advancement in the creation of wetsuits was the invention of Neoprene, as before this, Naval frogmen wore rubber and even canvas wetsuits. 

As this is the boxed set version, this filecard is the same as the 1960s version with the text, but has a photo of the action figure on the back.

The Sailor comes with a plethora of accessories to keep him well maintained in his undersea adventures. The most that any other figure in this set comes with. He comes with:
  • Hose and mouthpiece
  • Speargun
  • Flashlight
  • Airtanks
  • Flippers
  • Sea Sled

Comparing the original figure to his 1994 4" figure, we can see that Hasbro pretty much kept him as close to the original figure as they could like with the others. There are some minor differences like the sea sled being all black in the 4 inch version and not red. The omission of the harness and dive belt on the 12 inch figure. The airhoses not being painted either, but it's easy to see that he is supposed to be a shrunk down version of the original 12 inch figure.

The 1995 FX Joe Con exclusive is identical in every aspect to the 1994 boxed version, however, he comes in a reproduction of the original box. 

While not a bad figure overall, he could fit in to any collection, however, since the orange version was only released with the Action Team set, fans will need to buy the whole box, unless fans could find a single loose version on the secondary market. The Sailor could fit in with any part of a Navy Joe collection as a generic diver onboard the Flagg or as a generic pilot for the SHARC or any other myriad of Joe water vessels. Your mileage may vary