|Code Name: FOOTLOOSE|
As other reviews will tell you, Marvel UK's Action Force comic has a huge influence on which toys I buy, raising the likes of Airtight, Quick Kick and Ace to must-haves. However, it had a negative impact on Footloose. For some reason, the UK character model was given a bland khaki set of fatigues and a silly-looking uniform set of foliage on top of the head, and for some time I assumed the toy actually looked like that.
I was mistaken. The toy is much more sensible all round. It's nice to have a Joe who has the job of just being a soldier (though the cartoon did give him a dippy stoner voice, basically like the deeply irritating Transformers character Beachcomber), and Footloose captures that nicely - nothing fancy, just a well armed chap. The helmet's camouflage is realistically done, as is the figure's scheme and detailing.
For a figure of his age (Footloose dates from 1985), the toy is well armed too, getting both an assault rifle and an antitank launcher, as well as the removable helmet and a backpack). The moulded plastic straps on each weapon are a limited success, not really staying on the shoulder, though looping them around the backpack works nicely as a compromise, and the straps at least don't prevent Footloose from holding them.
While he's someone who'd really benefit from a kitted out 25th Anniversary figure, the original Footloose is nicely detailed and well turned-out, and will certainly do in the meantime.