Crazylegs. The very name evokes silliness and confusion. Joe collectors might wonder who among us was the one clamoring for an update to Crazylegs. Well, look no further my friends, it was me. Though my excitement for the figure was tempered by the arduous search to find him on the pegs.
In my childhood collection, Crazylegs probably got a little too much play considering his bit status in Joedom. I don’t believe he was ever featured on the cartoon, and the most important thing he did in the Marvel comics was die. And yet somehow, he rose through the ranks of my personal army and became an integral member of the Joe Team until he was claimed by The Great Flood™ along with nearly all of my other Joes.
The original figure was an entirely unique sculpt and was probably most notable for his goofy grin, strange rubbery backpack, and that his file card took the time to point out that he could have been a great organist. Lucky for the Joes, his fingers were too short (what?) and he ended up being a world-class paratrooper instead. Despite the original figure not having a working parachute, he went on many a jump from the back of my Tomahawk (one of all-time best Joe vehicles ever). When the 25th line started gaining steam, Crazylegs was on my short list, but he didn’t make the cut up in Pawtucket. Patience has paid off though, as the line is again bringing some classics designs back to the pegs.
But collecting this line of late has also required a lot more patience. Between Wal-Marts dropping pegs or Target loading up on Duke & his personal missile battery, it’s been tough finding them. If you follow us on Twitter (@itsalltruenet), you’ve no doubt seen my tweets about “#WhereAreAllTheJoes”. It’s been rough finding them here. This is the only Crazylegs I’ve come across, there was just the one Low-Light (much to Vault’s dismay) and – even though he isn’t classic – neither of us ever had a shot at that last Arms Dealer Destro. It’s been a frustrating year as a casual Joe collector here at IAT.
So when I found Crazylegs, or Crazy Legs as he’s now called on the packaging, I was appropriately ecstatic. The line’s had some really great figures of late and I expected nothing less of Crazylegs. And he did live up… mostly.
Crazylegs has a great sculpt that, at first glance, appears to capture most of his classic details. But upon closer examination, you realize that Crazylegs is entirely built with reused pieces. There’s nothing unique to the base figure. The torso hails from Snake Eyes v3, the legs from Arctic Snake Eyes & the Snow Serpent, the arms from Lift Ticket, and the one that really surprised me – the extra head from the POC Desert Zartan, his “Sandstorm” disguise.
It’s not a knock against the figure that no new tooling was used, it’s actually rather amazing that all the pieces came together so well and made a sharp looking Crazylegs. Aside from a vestigial peghole in his chest and the loss of his trademark smirk, this Frankensteined Crazylegs get the job done.
Crazylegs features standard articulation for the POC line thanks to so many re-used pieces. Nice range on his ball-jointed head, more ball-joints at the shoulders, elbows, hips, and ankles, wrists swivels, the torso joint, and double-hinge knees. The oversized parachute gets in the way of the hip articulation a bit, but the straps can be moved around a bit to most of the poses you’re used to from a 25th/ROC/POC Joe. He’s a lot of fun to pose and play with. I think that’s one thing the Joes have always been good for since the beginning and it’s no different here. Continue to Page 2…