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  Code Name: GLENDA  
 

Outside of the USA, G.I. Joe was remodelled in a variety of different ways to make the all-American line appeal to non-American kids. Arguably the most famous was European merger-cum-rebrand-cum-headfuck Action Force, but such changes were widespread. In Argentina, Plastirama acquired the licence, and issued the figures under the name Comandos Heroicos. Many of the moulds were recoloured and renamed, one of the most famous being Scarlett, who became blonde Glenda, with a new colour scheme roughly reflecting the Argentine flag.

Come 2008, and Hasbro decided to reference the scheme for the 25th Anniversary line. Despite Glenda being incorporated into G.I. Joe continuity (making a brief appearance in the Devil’s Due comic, lasting two pages before being blown up by the fake Red Shadows), they decided to market it as a variant of Scarlett. The filecard listed Glenda and the Argentine release’s real name, Jane Mulligan, as aliases, but skipped explaining why Scarlett was suddenly dressed like this. Amazingly, the figure was sold at mass retail rather than some mad convention exclusive. I’m taking it as a Glenda figure, though personally I’d have preferred Quarrel as the inspiration. It would have saved me humiliating myself by trying to make my own version, anyway.

The only slight flub as far as this is concerned is that it retains Scarlett’s red hair – perhaps the sort of concession that has to be made to get an insane variant like this through. I’m probably going to recolour it yellow at some point (as that was about the only bit I was particularly pleased with from Quarrel). What are interesting are the new castings used on the figure, though – the legs are remoulded for parachute leggings and army boots, the head is redone to feature the hair tied up, plus there’s a flak jacket, helmet and backpack included. The figure also includes a pistol and a crossbow, but with Scarlett and Quarrel already totting crossbows, I’ve switched Glenda to a sniper rifle. The jacket is nicely done, and crucially relatively easy to remove – underneath she has the same silver breastplate the original Glenda had, albeit not chromed (and with the grenade removed so the jacket will fit smoothly; sadly, they've just left the hole there). The only downside is that the increased bulk does make her arms look very thin by comparison.

Glenda is a strange figure. If you’re after a Scarlett, she doesn’t really do the job, and while I understand the commercial side of packaging the figure that way it’s a bit of a shame Hasbro didn’t push their luck a little and give her blonde hair, handwaving it as an undercover disguise on the filecard. But at the same time it’s nice to have something a bit different as a recolour, with the added bonus of being cheap rather than some ludicrously expensive convention exclusive (SAF Blades, I’m looking at you, with a mixture of hate and envy).

G.I. Joe Glenda
G.I. Joe Glenda
G.I. Joe Glenda
G.I. Joe Glenda