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 Ripcord. 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-screen 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. However, having bought most of the decent, affordable G.I. Joe figures, I thought I’d pick him up.

And he’s not actually bad as these things go. The red/grey/black scheme works nicely, and while the helmet/goggles layout is something seen a bit too often on Joe figures of the era, the head cast is quite good. And for some reason I absolutely love the texture on the torso, shoulders and inside of the legs, used to represent a quilted material. It’s surprisingly effective, and really helps the figure stand out. Even better is the parachute harness – while this sort of thing has become more common on 25th Anniversary figures, it’s still a nice variation to have a PVC ‘backpack’ which wraps around the toy in a realistic fashion. You can even fit his semi machine gun snugly between the harness and the chest. The downside is that it restricts the leg articulation, even preventing the legs from actually going together, meaning that when fully geared up Crazylegs can only get one foot on the ground at a time.

His gun isn’t brilliant either. While small and sensible, especially for the era (remember, Sneak Peek was lumbered with lugging around a huge telescope at this point), it doesn’t fit in his hands well, which is a shame. So there are a lot of good ideas on Crazylegs, but they don’t all come off. On the other hand, he’s cheap and easy to find, and you could do worse if looking to pad out the Joe ranks. Just a shame about that name – what the Hell does it even mean?

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