FORWARD AIR CONTROLLER  
  Code Name: BOMBSTRIKE  
 

For a line aimed at boys, G.I. Joe did alright for female characters, both in terms of producing them (there was one new female a year for the first six series of figures) and representing them (all bar maybe Cover Girl went on to be well-developed characters, especially in the comic, and they were generally represented as the equal of their male team-mates). However, after Jinx arrived in 1987, there was suddenly a dearth of new female characters. It wasn't until 1993 that another female, the Ninja Force Scarlett, would be released, and excluding Streetfighter's Chun-Li, it wasn't until 1998 that another new female character would arrive, Volga of the Oktober Guard. It would take until 2005's Valor v Venom line that the Joes would get a brand-new female recruit, in the shape of Bombstrike.

I got Bombstrike as part of a job lot purchased entirely for the DTC version of Cover Girl, but decided to keep her on as she's actually quite cool. Unlike most of the G2 figures, her proportions are actually pretty decent, avoiding her resembling a man with breasts and long hair, or the OTT skinny, stretched look that blighted some of the other female characters. Having the G.I. Joe logo on her T-shirt is perhaps a bit much, but otherwise she's dressed sensibly. The head cast being a fairly plain blonde actually works through it being so mundane, meaning Bombstrike actually looks quite different to anyone else.

What's really neat is her backpack, which contains a radio that can be removed, presumably to call in air strikes. What's not so neat is mine came without accessories, and now she's lumbered with some radio pack from another line. Still, it's a nice role on the team to be filled out, a good example of modernising the G.I. Joe team without reassigning Breaker or Dial-Tone to another role.

Aside from this, Bombstrike is pretty much a typical figure, with the basic G1/G2 articulation. She's not one to obsessively hunt down, but does add a little variety.

 

 

G.I. Joe Bombstrike
G.I. Joe Bombstrike
G.I. Joe Bombstrike
G.I. Joe Bombstrike