UNDERCOVER AGENT  
  Code Name: CHUCKLES  
 

There were a lot of differences between the G.I. Joe cartoon and the comic series, be it the contrasting origins of Cobra Commander (used car salesman versus Cobra-La citizen), who exactly Scarlett fancied (Snake Eyes or Duke) and what exactly Dusty's surname was. However, at the end of the day, both versions of Cobra Commander are ineffective buffoons intend on ruling the world; unless you're watching/reading something that actually covers the origins, he's the same basic character. Chuckles, however, had two radically contrasting portrayals. In the cartoon (well, Chuckles only appeared in G.I. Joe the Movie) he was a mute lunk of a rookie who wasn't too smart. In the comics, he was a highly effective, moralistic secret agent who was often a step or two ahead of Hawk and the rest of G.I. Joe.

It's worth noting that the character's size actually changed a lot in the comic - he starts off with the same muscle-bound look, but then slims down to around the same size as everyone else. The reasons for this are probably twofold. One, Marvel were working from an early character model and changed it when the toy actually arrived, as they did with Jinx - the original Chuckles was, of course, the same size as most of the 1980s figures. Two, even Larry Hama was probably smart enough to note that his massive physique limited his undercover potential - "Hey, look at that freakishly huge Crimson Guard, that's not suspicious at all".

The 25th Anniversary version is based on the original toy and the later comic look, down to the blue/green Hawaiian shirt and general Miami Vice vibe. Chuckles was part of the Assault on Cobra Island set, and thus is largely made up of extant parts. However, his vivid colour scheme makes this less obvious than it might be. Not sold on the new head cast, though, which looks a bit too much like Alan Tracy from Thunderbirds. A nice finely coiffured mullet would have been more fitting.

In a nice touch, he comes with a briefcase containing a small machine gun. It's the MARS one included with Destro (though Chuckles can at least grip the thing in either hand), but it works as it fits with his undercover role. The gun holster tends to clash with the satchel a little (I tend to leave the latter off as a result) and it's a shame the pistol can't be removed, but overall Chuckles is a competent, if unspectacular, figure.


G.I. Joe Chuckles
G.I. Joe Chuckles
G.I. Joe Chuckles
G.I. Joe Chuckles
 

Thanks to the Magical Truth-Saying Turtle for this toy!