COMBAT INFORMATION SPECIALIST  
  Code Name: SCOOP  
 

There’s 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 you’ll 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. It’s then only a matter of time until you make one of them a camera man.

I mean, for God’s 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 wasn’t like it was her whole job).It doesn’t 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 DiC’s “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 can’t even manage a decent colour scheme. It bears more than a passing similarity with Airtight’s suit, but without good reason – assuming you’ve decided to send a news journalist into battle to get vital intel (because it’s 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, there’s something very cheap about the green – whereas Airtight’s high-visibility suit makes sense, Scoop’s just looks like Hasbro had a couple of big vats of yellow and green plastic on the go and thought “Why not?”.

As if his big eighties camcorder wasn’t enough (and it’s 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 it’s because he is silly. He’s not particularly expensive to get with all his equipment, but there’s a reason for that, and the reason is that he’s really a very poor figure very few people will actually want.

G.I. Joe Scoop
G.I. Joe Scoop
G.I. Joe Scoop
G.I. Joe Scoop