ASSAULT TROOPER  
  Code Name: CRAZYLEGS  
 

Originally released in 1987, Crazylegs was intended as the new G.I. Joe paratrooper type, effectively a replacement for the discontinued Rip Cord. He never really seems to have caught on, though. Coming in that relatively barren patch between the end of Sunbow’s animated series (missing out on the movie) and being discontinued before the DIC show started (by which time the God-awful Sky Patrol team had taken over the airborne mantle) it was left to the Marvel comic to flesh out Crazylegs. Sadly, they didn’t bother, and Crazylegs had one uninspired stint as Wild Bill’s co-pilot (the storyline unsurprisingly involving their plane being shot down in unfriendly territory) before being forgotten about and then getting slotted off-panel in that dire S.A.W. Viper fiasco. I suppose as a positive at least he didn’t cry like a little bitch when the totally unprecedented happened and some of his team-mates died, right Quick Kick? Aside from getting a Night Force recolour in 1988 (a brief fashion for Hasbro in the late 1980s), that was basically it for Crazylegs.

Or was it? In 2011, he was something of a bizarre choice to join the ranks of the mass retail Pursuit of Cobra figures - very odd indeed, considering the likes of Zarana and Dial-Tone were relegated to being convention exclusives. Still, it saved me having to write a new intro (my review of the original 1987 figure is here to be enjoyed by future generations). And make no mistake - this isn't just a case of wanting a paratrooper for Pursuit of Cobra and having the Crazylegs trademark handy, this figure is every bit as much of a belated 25th Anniversary addition as Low-Light.

Crazylegs looks exactly like his original release, just with added detail, proportions and articulation. His face seems to be a little younger-looking and maybe slightly more tanned, but little radically different. The colour scheme, and the lovely textured quilting effect, are faithfully reproduced, while there are some welcome changes, like a removable helemt and the usual boggling number of joints, not to mention the extra half-inch in height and high-quality paint finish that's the trademark of G3 figures in general.

Some of the faults of the original aren't tackled, however - he still can't quite stand to attention because of his parachute straps. Indeed, Crazylegs' chute is the biggest disappointment - it's the same one used for the Cobra Paratrooper, which means it's difficult to get on and off. This also means he doesn't have the X-shaped straps on the front, and there's not enough give for his sub-machine gun to fit in there. As well as the folding sub, Crazylegs also has a sniper rifle and what looks like a flare gun, though the accessories aren't quite as fun and exhaustive as the set that comes with Low-Light. Nevertheless, Crazylegs is a respectable figure, if something of an odd choice.

G.I. Joe Crazylegs
G.I. Joe Crazylegs
G.I. Joe Crazylegs
G.I. Joe Crazylegs