|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 Sunbows 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 didnt bother, and Crazylegs had one uninspired stint as Wild Bills 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 didnt 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 Id pick him up.
And hes 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. Its 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, its 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.
gun isnt 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 doesnt fit in his hands well,
which is a shame. So there are a lot of good ideas on Crazylegs, but
they dont all come off. On the other hand, hes 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?