COUNTER INTELLIGENCE  
  Code Name: WRAITH  
 

Soon after Devil’s Due Press acquired the G.I. Joe comic book licence, new characters began appearing in their comic. Some of these corresponded to the contemporary Generation 2 lines such as G.I. Joe v Cobra, Spytroops and Valor v Venom – examples such as Barrel Roll, Black Out and Kamakura. I’m not sure whether the comic character or the figure came first, or whether they were designed together, and to be honest I can’t really be bothered to find out. DDP did come up with a few non-toy characters, though only Wraith, a stealth-capable mercenary, seems to have caught on to any great degree.

He certainly acquired enough of a following for Hasbro to produce a mass-release toy for the 25th Anniversary line – two, in fact, as a ‘cloaking’ clear version was also released as a chase figure. The character never really caught my eye to be honest, as DDP’s promotion of him was rather aggressive; something of a forerunner of IDW’s irritating bigging up job on the Transformer Drift. But a friend sent him to me as part of a trade, and he got into my Cobra ranks that way.

Wraith is an interesting design – while crazy body armour has featured in G.I. Joe before (see basically any Cobra figure from 1989 until about 1994 for an example of how not to do it), but rarely as realistically as it is here. The only problem is that he looks basically like a lo-fi version of Iron Man – there’s not a lot in the line that looks like him, but Wraith isn’t exactly anything new in the grand scheme of things. Still, unlike a lot of more modern characters, he doesn’t look out of place alongside older Cobra characters, and has a nice retro style to him.

The articulation is the usual solid job, while the mask can flip up to reveal Wraith’s face – a nice little touch, though again you half expect Tony Stark to be under there. It’s a good thing there are guns attached to the forearms, though – the gun Wraith comes with doesn’t actually seem to fit in his hands. Well, it might, but the gun is such a stupid, ugly thing I’m not entirely sure which way it’s meant to point. No big loss, though. That aside, Wraith is nicely made, though it’s not enough to overcome my apathy towards the character.

G.I. Joe Wraith
G.I. Joe Wraith
G.I. Joe Wraith
G.I. Joe Wraith