|Code Name: FLASH|
As with most of the original G.I. Joe roster, Flash largely passed me by at the time. To be honest, he hasn't made a huge impression since - like several of the early characters, he's just sort of there. However, my lust for 25th Anniversary figures doesn't stand for minor concerns like not being particularly interested in characters.
On the plus side, the red padding on Flash's suit means he stands out a little visually compared to the likes of Breaker, Zap and Short-Fuze; that the suit looks sharp certainly doesn't hurt either. Green fatigues with silver-trimmed red body armour and brown gloves - it shouldn't work, but it does. However, like Bazooka and Major Bludd, the design isn't really conducive to the 25th Anniversary mid-torso joint, meaning however carefully you pose flash, there's a massive line through his chest armour.
On the other hand, his crotch is engineered differently to many 25th figures, allowing the character to sit without his legs parting, and meaning Flash can sit in a few vehicles. Yay! His laser rifle is a pain, though - the plastic cord is packaged straight, meaning you have to bend it into shape, and the connecting pipe is soft plastic rather than the rubber used on, say, Barbecue. As the 25th figures have soft hands to avoid breakages, Flash doesn't exactly grip the thing hard, and it has a habit of pinging out of position.
Despite this there's something about Flash that really appeals to me. The basic design is very solid, with the bright armour parts livening up the green shirt base. It fits nicely with the mix of realistic and fantastical aspects of the character - that he's a fairly ordinary-looking soldier who has a laser rifle. Considering lasers would later be an excuse for the designers to go a bit mad (hello, Sci-Fi) there's something very entertaining about such an out-there idea getting blended with the relatively straight-laced ethos of the first year figures. There are some minor flaws as mentioned above, but overall Flash is a slick figure.