GREEN BERET  
  Code Name: FALCON  
 

Falcon, brattish new star of the 1987 animated movie (voiced by television's Don Johnson, to boot) seems to be a character some love to hate, but he never bothered me that much. He might have been a bit of a numpty, but at least he dressed sensibly and had a cool name, right? Right?

He's still just about popular enough to warrant a 25th Anniversary toy, though sadly this seems more influenced by the comic version rather than the cartoon (or the original toy). As a result, he's disappointingly skinny, while the camouflage pattern looks a little sparse. Still, it's perfectly recognisable as Falcon (the necktie and distinctive backpack are pluses).

One thing the 25th Anniversary articulation doesn't seem to work for is shotguns, for some strange reason - like Flint, Falcon can't convincingly grip the thing in any sort of firing pose. My solution was to switch in a G2 assault rifle, which fits nicely both in terms of size and look. On the plus side, the backpack is great, opening to reveal a removable radio set, though the antennae is very weak. There's also a massive combat knife clipped to the side of the pack, which doesn't hurt. Weirdly, despite the moulded, painted holster on the outside of the leg, Falcon doesn't come with a sidearm - the one in the pictures is stolen from someone else.

Falcon isn't perfect, but as one of only a handful of post-1986 characters chosen for an upgrade I suppose I should be grateful he came out at all. I'd just prefer a brawnier, more cartoon-accurate version was an option too.

 

 

G.I. Joe Falcon
G.I. Joe Falcon
G.I. Joe Falcon
G.I. Joe Falcon