|COMBAT INFORMATION SPECIALIST|
|Code Name: SCOOP|
Theres limited life in any toy concept. You start off with a nice line of robots who turn into every day cars, and in an attempt to keep up with The Kids chances are after a while youll start making robots who turn into weird winged firebirds until the thing tanks and you go back to basics. And then you might start off with a line of anti-terrorism specialists; you start off with rather straight-laced soldiers, and then find some success when you start making them a little bit more colourful and individualistic. Its then only a matter of time until you make one of them a camera man.
I mean, for Gods sake - a camera man. If you want video surveillance of something, give a camera to one of your many recon types (the original Lady Jaye came with one as an afterthought; it wasnt like it was her whole job).It doesnt have to be Sergio bloody Leone, you just want pictures of the missile silo. But no, G.I. Joe had to hire Scoop, just to fulfil the job of pointing a camera at things. The character thankfully only made scant appearances in the comic, but was a bigger presence in DiCs Operation Dragonfire cartoon mini-series. On the upside, that one was beyond redemption anyway, so at least keeps him contained, a bit like the way Danny Dyer is only in films no-one with half a brain would go and see.
Scoop cant even manage a decent colour scheme. It bears more than a passing similarity with Airtights suit, but without good reason assuming youve decided to send a news journalist into battle to get vital intel (because its easier to teach a journalist the many skills needed to be in a top military unit than it is to teach, say, Tunnel Rat how to press record on a camcorder, right? Right!), would you really let him wear yellow? Beyond that, theres something very cheap about the green whereas Airtights high-visibility suit makes sense, Scoops just looks like Hasbro had a couple of big vats of yellow and green plastic on the go and thought Why not?.
if his big eighties camcorder wasnt enough (and its not
just the technology of the day; the aforementioned Lady Jaye camera
is pistol sized) he comes with a massive backpack with some sort of
satellite dish on the back, which is obviously just what you want someone
to be hauling around. Scoop looks silly, and its because he is
silly. Hes not particularly expensive to get with all his equipment,
but theres a reason for that, and the reason is that hes
really a very poor figure very few people will actually want.