FLAMETHROWER  
  Code Name: BLOWTORCH  
 

One of the first Joes to really move away from typical military colours, Blowtorch was soon swamped by the growing range, and made only scant appearances in the comic and the cartoon (where he had a plastic Shamrock accent and wasn't allowed to set people on fire, the poor bugger).

As such, he did well to land a 25th Anniversary figure - the character hadn't been revisited since its' debut in 1984 aside from a lame Built to Rule version. I rather like the old incarnation of Blowtorch despite its' limitations, but most of these were tackled for the update, so I'm not complaining.

Blowtorch had a decent eye-catching scheme - I always liked the ceramic-like patterns on his red armoured panels, and they're faithfully reproduced here. However, the detailing has been upped - the visor of his mask is still solid, but at least is coloured different from the rest of his head gear, and doesn't have the big rubber catch on the back. The tube to the mask is more convincing now as well, even if it is a little less flexible, while the whole helmet clips together in a much more convincing fashion. Articulation is theoretically excellent, but both the tube to the mask and the tube to the backpack restrict movement when Blowtorch is fully armed - though this is probably unavoidable. The other nice detail is that the flamethrower can clip onto the side of the backpack when not in use, rather than having to be removed.

What's more annoying is that he can't really hold the flamethrower in both hands and convincingly aim it at someone. Making up for this, though, is a superb head cast under the helmet, where Blowtorch looks more than a little unhinged in a grinning nutcase fashion. It really adds some personality to a character who looks cool but never really achieved much. A nice figure, but one of the more expensive single 25ths to find.

 

G.I. Joe Blowtorch
G.I. Joe Blowtorch
G.I. Joe Blowtorch
G.I. Joe Blowtorch