I’m not a completist by nature, though running IAT and buying subscription-based figures has sorta turned me into one. Still, what I really appreciate is a good line that I can jump into and pick up a few great figures… though lately it’s been more than a few with GI Joe.
If you started reading IAT early on, then you might remember that we featured a lot of GI Joe coverage in our first year (Heck, we even attended JoeCon that year). GI Joe kinda got in a funk after Rise of Cobra product piled up and I started to lose interest because there was either nothing to look for or, worse, nothing to be found. I picked up a few here and there, but I was definitely ‘out’ there for awhile. But I always want to buy Joes and Hasbro started obliging me a little last year with great figures like Low Light, Crazylegs, Storm Shadow, and now this last handful of 30th Anniversary figures (though it’s somewhat bittersweet to want to really get back into Joes right now as we transition to Retaliation product).
Upcoming movies aside, the ‘last’ non-movie wave is chock full of great figures – figures that I’m finally caught up enough on MOTU/Marvel/DC/7th Market reviews to feature regularly (at least until this case of Joes my wife bought me is empty… thanks, Honey!).
Oh, I should point out before I get any deeper into this review that Airtight is technically a Renegades figure that is pulling double duty. Unlike Storm Shadow though, he does it by being largely off-model to his appearance in the new cartoon. This doesn’t concern me.
Airtight is the Joes “Hostile Environment” trooper. Now, if you’re thinking that’s really a term for Snake Eyes, stop thinking about a skyscraper full of ninjas and think more about poisons, noxious gases, and other unpleasantries. If you’re transporting a dangerous chemical (that’s really Root Beer) and spill it, don’t sacrifice yourself and fall on it, just call Airtight. He’ll take care of it. That’s his job.
I don’t know how much reuse is going on here with Airtight, but the suit looks largely new and is perfectly tailored for him as a containment suit. So much so, that I want to see Hasbro reuse this figure’s base on a more generic trooper with a more common mask. For now though, it works great for Airtight. He looks sharp in the classic helmet and appropriately silly (but safe!) when unmasked. I should also point out that being able to take a helmet off a Joe is one of the best things ever. Seriously. Continue to Page 2…