H.A.V.O.C. DRIVER  
  Code Name: CROSS COUNTRY  
 

Often the lot of a vehicle driver was not to appear in the comic or the cartoon very much while other people used the machinery they were packed in with - Wild Weasel, Heavy Metal, Crankcase and Steeler were among those to have fairly sparse appearances compared to their respective rides. Cross Country didn't do quite as badly, though, getting a central role in a couple of American comics, plus being the focus of an episode of the second series of the cartoon.

I liked the guy, even if he was a hick. His hat, goggles, rolled up sleeves and non-regulation haircut were neat. As a result, once I'd ended up with an example of the weird H.A.V.O.C., I knew there was only chap I wanted to drive the thing.

However, I was quite disappointed with the guy when I did buy one. The original figures' heads can be slightly oversized, but it seems very prominent on Cross Country, who seems to have basically no neck - instead getting a big fat chin.

It's only really the head moulding that causes the problem, as it looks more like Martin Freeman than Cross Country. No offence to Martin Freeman, but it's not how I've got used to the guy looking. The rest of he figure is fine with some nice detail (like the Confederacy belt buckle and the plus fours), but the head mould's so comical it lets the whole thing down.

 

G.I. Joe Cross-Country
G.I. Joe Cross-Country
G.I. Joe Cross-Country
G.I. Joe Cross-Country