|MISSILE TANK DRIVER|
|Code Name: COVER GIRL|
For a boys' toyline, G.I. Joe managed its' fair share of memorable female characters - Scarlett, Lady Jaye, the Baroness and Zarana being the best known ones. Cover Girl was in the second division (with Jinx), never really doing an awful lot in the cartoon or comic (well, she got used a lot more in the later Devil Due's series, but that'd disrupt the flow). That she was exclusive to the Wolverine set further limited her exposure - in the UK, she doesn't seem to have come out at all; the first Action Force version of the Wolverine was the SAS version with Hunter, a recoloured Cobra Officer, while the second was packed with Ton-Up, a renamed Rock 'N' Roll.
She's also been largely ignored by commemorative lines, the only revision of the original version being a Generation 2 DTC version (renamed Agent Courtney Krieger for copyright reasons) only available in a hard-to-find comic pack. The name made a bit of a comeback by being given to Hawk's PA in Rise of Cobra, but the figure was just some dumb blonde that owed nothing to the 1980s character. I was fortunate enough to luck onto an example of the Agent Courtney (which seems to fetch about £30 normally) in a job lot for about £20. There's an outside chance my example is a bootleg, but if it is it's of the "so good it doesn't matter" type.
The "bloke with tits" original figure isn't without a sort of primitive charm, but this one knocks it into a cocked hat. If anything, I prefer the slim proportions of Agent Courtney to the outright skinny ones of some 25th Anniversary females - plus she's actually about the same height as many of them too (she can also fit in the original Wolverine well enough). The level of detail is excellent too, and about the only thing that really differs the casting from the 25th figures is the relative lack of articulation - it's basically the same as the original, except the head is mounted on a 25th-style ball joint.
The figure isn't faultless by any means. While it's simply a matter of the DTC series being a separate endeavour to the 25th figures, it really is a wasted opportunity that such a detailed sculpt is wasted on old-style articulation. Another is the 'leather' jacket - the figure's arms are brown, while the ran torso is covered by a sleeveless coat of the same colour, in theory being seamless. It doesn't quite work, leaving a tan ring around each shoulder. On the other hand, it is preferable to having a 'painted' jacket. The other reservation is her hair's a bit mad - fine for if she's posing dramatically, but sooner or later that's going to get caught on something. Overall, though, these are niggles, and it's a great figure. Not sure how happy I'd be at paying the full rate, though.