FIREFIGHTER  
  Code Name: BARBECUE  
 

It's difficult to remember quite why I latched onto Barbecue in my youth. It might have been his exposure in the Marvel Action Force comic, it might have been the cool suit, I don't know. Whatever it was, the original 1985 version was one of my first buys when I decided to give this G.I. Joe thing a whirl. I liked him, even though he was missing his fire hose and the backpack seemed determined to pop off at any moment.

Once I'd discovered the 25th Anniversary range, I was delighted (and a little surprised) to see that Barbecue was among those chosen to be remade, and soon bought one. And he's one of the best figures from the line, nicely bulked up while his firefighting suit benefits from the increased detail. It's a great look anyway, but the increased possibilities of present-day engineering really bring it home.

The backpack is better too (still retaining the removable tanks of the original as well, though now they come off when you want them to rather than when they feel like it), while Barbecue can wield his fire axe and hose in a more convincing fashion thanks to the excellent articulation. The detailing is fantastic too, as he's covered in little pouches, well-defined in plastic and nicely picked out with paint applications. Just about everything from the original is here, but sharpened and refined, while the bigger physique works nicely too.

My only quibbles with the guy are real nitpicking - it would be nice if the helmet was removable, though on the plus side at least there's no chance of the broad Sunbow face being under there. The hose is a bit of a pain, tending to bend sharply in the wrong place, though this is rectifiable given time and patience. However, other than that he's excellent, looking unique without being too weird. A highly recommended purchase.

G.I. Joe Barbecue
G.I. Joe Barbecue
G.I. Joe Barbecue
G.I. Joe Barbecue