HOVERCRAFT PILOT  
  Code Name: CUTTER  
 

The original Cutter was packed in with the WHALE hovercraft, a big beastie of a vehicle I rather want but seems to cost a fortune when it doesn’t have most of the bits missing. For a few issues he was Larry Hama’s favourite before he got shoved out of the way when Larry realised that what people wanted from a military comic was a load of toss about ninjas. Cutter did better there than in the cartoon, though, where (in my memory at least) he was mainly restricted to driving the WHALE around deserts.

Still, he was prominent enough to get a 25th Anniversary toy, and despite the fact he isn’t someone I particularly like, I had to buy him - I’ve got an open door policy to any 25th figures that aren’t Serpentor, Sergeant Slaughter or the Hard Master. He was only released in a Toys R Us exclusive boxed set with an orange version of Torpedo and a wet-suited version of Deep Six, though I managed to get just a loose one – God bless Hong Kong factory thieves.

Now, if you’ve bought a few 25th Anniversary figures, the phrase “exclusive boxed set” might set off a few alarms, and yes, Cutter is mainly culled from existing figures. The end result is that he looks a little bit too much like Gung-Ho has lost some weight and nicked Shipwreck’s togs. The main thing I remember about Cutter is that he had a baseball cap; Gung-Ho’s cloth cap just doesn’t quite work the same. That said, the life-jacket covers the rest of the uniform just enough, though displayed next to Shipwreck the similarities are a bit obvious. I suppose you could argue that there’s no reason they shouldn’t be wearing similar uniforms (most of the first year figures did, after all), but it’s just a bit of a disappointment.

Between this and the head cast it’s difficult to be taken in, to be honest. The problem is that Hasbro did such a good job on Gung-Ho’s head that it’s tricky to accept it as someone else, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t look much like Gung-Ho. With something less obvious they might have got away with it, but this is one of the least satisfying figures in the range. I suppose the positive way of looking at it is that at least they got a clunker out of the way on a no-mark like Cutter.

G.I. Joe Cutter
G.I. Joe Cutter
G.I. Joe Cutter
G.I. Joe Cutter