HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT  
  Code Name: AIRTIGHT  
 

Airtight was something a little new when he debuted in the 1985 G.I. Joe series – a chemical weapons specialist, albeit of the prevention and containment type rather than the “gas the bastards” type. It left fictional representations of the guy in something of a tricky place, though – while Airtight represented a worthy and logical addition to an anti-terrorist unit, long scenes of him analysing gases and defusing chemical bombs wouldn't make for especially child-enthralling adventures, so usually he was just a chap in a suit with a big laser. And in the case of the cartoon, a deeply irritating voice to boot. With the 25th Anniversary line long gone it looked like the boat had sailed on getting a G3 version of everyone's favourite haz-mat expert, meaning a toss-up between the outdated original and the disappointing G2 DTC version.

Then out of nowhere he was slung out in 2011 tying in with the Renegades cartoon. I'm guessing he was in it a bit as there's a little Renegades-style drawing of him on the card but I'd seen enough after about six minutes of the first episode so I can't verify that, or how accurate Airtight is to any appearance he does make.

More importantly, he looks just like the original. Well, that's a lie, he looks like an updated version of the original. All the detail is faithfully reproduced right down to the chest unit (given more depth here due to being a separate removable set of webbing) and helmet that made the original work so well. The green is lighter and has a matt finish but this works in the figure's favour. The helmet is also improved - a transparent visor has been sensibly added, and the whole thing can come off to reveal Airtight's hooded head. There is impressive work done making his overalls look like an actual containment suit too - it's covered in creases and ripples. The look even hangs together through multiple poses thanks to some really careful sculpting.

The accessories for the toy are really nice as well - the original backpack is lovingly recreated as is Airtight's chemical gun thing, still connecting to the pack with one of those rubber wires but now with the articulation for him to convincingly hold both handles. On top of that he's now also equipped with a straightforward shotgun for conventional combat, a second oxygen cylinder backpack and another piece of scientific gadgetry as a bonus. The only trick they miss are the pipes going from the backpack to the helmet but the rest of the toy is so thoroughly well-crafted I feel churlish even pointing it out. A superb figure, well worth the wait.

G.I. Joe Airtight
G.I. Joe Airtight
G.I. Joe Airtight
G.I. Joe Airtight