PILOT  
  Code Name: WILD WEASEL  
 

Strongly connected with the Rattler plane, no-one really seemed to know what to do with Wild Weasel - the idea of a specific named pilot as opposed to a generic trooper was really a bit odd for Cobra. As such, he made only brief appearances in the cartoon and in the American comic (though one of these was a superb issue-long duel with Ace), while in the Marvel Action Force comic his model was used as a generic Cobra pilot (in the preceding Battle Action Force strip he flew the UK-exclusive Roboskull to good effect).

The Rattler's possibly my favourite vehicle from the whole range, so the 2008 reissue was one of the first things I bought. It came with Wild Weasel - my first 25th Anniversary figure, and he got me hooked.

The look of the guy is fairly decent, looking like a cross between a Red Shadow and a Crimson Guard. One of the strengths of the design is that he's clad in fairly realistic flight gear, but redone in a Cobra-esque colour scheme. The detail is excellent - silver buckles all over him, and the maps on his thighs are beautifully done. The goggles can be unclipped to reveal a pair of inscrutable eyes, while there's a removable pistol in a hip holster for occasions where he gets shot down. Or for when that idiot Cobra Commander picks him to infiltrate a swamp on foot.

Wild Weasel's only real fault is that he's actually a bit of a tight fit for the Rattler. Having to fudge things to get the 25th Ace into the Skystriker is something I can deal with as the 25th Ace was never meant to go in the Skystriker, but when we're talking about a pack-in figure it's less forgivable. The belt stops him from sitting particularly straight, which he's just a little too broad in the shoulders to be comfortably placed in the pilot's seat. On his own merits, Wild Weasel is great; as a pilot for the Rattler jet, they could have slimmed him down a tiny bit.

G.I. Joe Wild Weasel
G.I. Joe Wild Weasel
G.I. Joe Wild Weasel
G.I. Joe Wild Weasel