MORTAR SOLDIER  
  Code Name: SHORT-FUZE  
 

Short-Fuze was a member of the original G.I. Joe roster, but was very quickly shoved aside and forgotten about. Even from the start tangible parts in the Marvel comic were hard to come by, while he was barely seen in the cartoon after the initial "Mass Device" mini-series, and had to wait until 1997 for a second version of his toy to come out (and that as part of the notorious Stars & Stripes Giftset; it would be 2005 before a figure with a significant amount of new parts was made).

Even in the 25th Anniversary line, he was simply slipped into the 'Ultimate Battle Pack' Walmart exclusive set (which also, to be fair, included definitive versions of Cobra Commander, Stalker, the Cobra Vehicle Gunner and the MOBAT, among other less-essential bits). Maybe mortars just aren't that exciting. Even then, the figure is a hotchpotch of parts from a number of others, though some are quite inventive - that's Doc's head, apparently. Yep, he was even less popular than Doc.

Still, the result is largely coherent. It's a bit of a shame they went with aviator shades instead of the comic's spectacles, though I suppose it's a fair compromise considering the original toy was glasses-free (having a visor instead). The resulting figure looks quite tall and lanky for some odd reason - I think it's the elongated neck and thin head (which, it must be said, doesn't seem to be a perfect fit with the helmet).

Still, despite the green uniform, there's something indefinably unique about Short-Fuze - it's little bits like the darker green, the yellow hair and silver shades and the webbing that combines to make him seem a little bit more unconventional than he actually is. However, like Grunt, the boxed set release means he can be expensive, and is only really recommended for those trying to complete the original roster.

 

G.I. Joe Short-Fuze
G.I. Joe Short-Fuze
G.I. Joe Short-Fuze
G.I. Joe Short-Fuze