COMPUTER SPECIALIST  
  Code Name: MAINFRAME  
 

Another childhood favourite, thanks entirely to the Himalayas segment of the 1987 film. Catching up on the comics reinforced this, especially a very neat issue centering on Mainframe and Dusty. Sadly, a more central position in the DDP comics was balanced by a deeply ugly new uniform, and then possibly the most low-key death scene in comics history, shared with Flash.

So, the 25th Anniversary version (renamed Dataframe for very, very boring legal reasons) was pretty much a no-brainer. Initially, though, I was quite taken aback by the thing - part of Mainframe's back story is that he's one of the oldest Joes, a Vietnam veteran who used his computer expertise to land a role on the team seeing as he was too old to get a combat posting. This wasn't really reflected on the original figure, or on the various character models. However, the 25th Anniversary figure gives him a more lined, aged face. It's not bad exactly, it just takes getting used to.

The other thing is there's no backpack for the figure. This also threw me a bit as one of the coolest things about the original Mainframe was his big boxy computer backpack. So I cut the post off a spare original backpack and attached it with a matchstick (also using one of the old rubber tubes to wire it to the walkie-talkie). The other problem with the 25th version is that the left hand is fairly useless - it can barely grip the walkie-talkie, let alone anything else.

On the plus side, the increased articulation and detailing is excellent, as are the improved proportions. Mainframe's computer even gets a makeover, receiving a pair of kickstand-style feet so the figure can kneel next to it, plus some cardboard computer discs (these winningly are 1980s style rather than updated). It's a good toy, and gets even better with a little tweaking.

 

G.I. Joe Mainframe
G.I. Joe Mainframe
G.I. Joe Mainframe
G.I. Joe Mainframe