The harness faithfully creates the classic Airtight’s uniform details and looks sharp. Even better, there’s no bulge around where it snaps together. It does its job by not looking like a bulky add-on. That’s about the best thing that could be said for this type of construction.
For articulation, Airtight’s got a few areas where I’d like to see improvement. The cool unmasked head restricts the neck articulation to a swivel joint and I wish the figure had the new ball-ankles with the peg going into the foot instead of the leg, but the rest of the articulation works great. Ball-joints at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles, double hinged knees, and the ab crunch. One of the ball-jointed wrists is turned sideways to get some great two-hand gun poses and that really opens up the figure. As you’ll see in the Page 2 Gallery, he’s just fun to play with.
Not too much paint work here, but what’s there is pretty clean. The clear-molded helmet does let light through in a few places it shouldn’t, but I don’t mind – I love seeing his eyes through the visor.
Airtight also came with a good complement of accessories. In addition to the removable helmet and harness, we’ve got his classic purifier rifle and backpack (with a hose to connect them for good measure) and then some more realistic gear in the form of an oxygen tank (two backpacks, one peghole – which to choose?), a shotgun (for really hostile environments…), and what I’m going to call a Geiger counter even though it doesn’t quite look like it. Airtight can hold all the gear well, though I’m always a little disappointed when I can’t stow the gear on the figure – adding a tab on the backpack for the purifier rifle or a peghole at the belt line for the counter would’ve been awesome. Airtight also included a basic stand.
I decided to kick things off with Airtight because he’s a great example of how I’m not completely overwhelmed by nostalgia. I never had Airtight as a kid. I wasn’t all that familiar with him or the uniform differences that made him not Scoop or not Lightfoot. I did like the bright colors and those are decidedly vintage (though they honestly work great for this type of containment suit), but other than that this guy had to impress me on his own, with no memories of Airtight fending off Sludge Vipers or Toxo-Zombies from my youth to aid him in currying my favor.
But, as it turned out, he didn’t need it. He’s got an excellent sculpt that only barely blocks the fantastic articulation and plenty of gear – so much they I can’t even decide the best to display him. I love the air tank and the filtration pack! Airtight is another example of what I want Hasbro to do – classic figures in modern flavors. I’m happy to pick up more militaristic takes like the 2010 Beachhead and I will be buying some Retaliation figures, but figures like Airtight here make me happiest.
Okay, seriously guys, I’m not going to make these giant galleries for every Joe review. I didn’t intend to do one here, but he was just too much fun and I got a little carried away. I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I did shooting them, but please don’t give me too much of a hard time when a figure from this case pops up with a simple six image review!
And no, my Mobile Commander Center was not harmed in the making of this gallery. I have two and one indeed was salvaged from the flood that wiped out most of my toy collection when I was a wee tot.
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