As promised on Facebook yesterday the G.I. Joe Collectors Club revealed their latest FSS (Figure Subscription Service) figure today, and long time fans will immediately recognize it.
TNT, creatively called Theodore N. Thomas is a Blowtorch repaint that was originally released as part of the Argentinian release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. He’s got a very unique deco that should be familiar to most Joe fans out there.
If I have any complaints it is that I’m not a big fan of the Blowtorch tooling. The figure is so bulky and over detailed that it loses some of the articulation, which is too bad. Beyond those issues, the concept is sound and the end result looks neat. Check out GIJoeClub.com or take a peek at the mirrored image below.
Now, something of a trend I see forming here, which is cool, I’ll give you that. During the 2009 Convention, the Collectors Club released Manleh, Shimik, Topson, and Redmack, who were three excellently done foreign exclusive figures from… you guessed it, Argentina. Keep in mind, Hasbro also released Pilot Scarlett, which was a Glenda-inspired repaint, also from Argentina.
Fast forward to 2011, and the Collectors’ Club included Sparta as part of their Special Missions: Brazil Convention Set, and really if you think about it, the FSS Tan Grunt could also pass for Sokerk.
So looking back a few years, it would certainly seem as if the Collectors Club has an affinity for the Argentinian era, and it’s pretty cool that they now have a very respectable group of foreign inspirations that you can sort of have forming up your own South American branch of G.I. Joe. Pretty damn awesome, even if I have my doubts about the Blowtorch tooling.
Now excuse me while I hit up eBay and see if I can track down those 2009 Convention Exclusives…