|Code Name: TORPEDO|
For the second series of G.I. Joe figures, Hasbro began moving away from the greenshirt soldiers who could largely only be differentiated by their armaments. However, the concepts were still very much grounded in reality, so we had the helicopter trooper, the arctic trooper, the field medic, the jet pilot and so on. And in the shape of Torpedo, the frog man.
Torpedo was never really one of the big hitters, and besides which it was difficult to involve him in stories that didn't involve diving - though one particular issue of the Marvel comic hilariously featured him helping his team-mates out in an urban battle while fully geared up with air tanks and flippers. At least Fleetway got it right, making him Dutch and actually sending him on anti-shipping missions.
However, the basic design wins points simply because Torpedo is just a military diver. There's little in the way of flashes and baubles, but he's so competent and straightforward that he's a pleasant surprise. What's really nice about the 25th Anniversary version is that the mask, tanks and flippers are removable (the former is a sculpted part of the head on the original) meaning there's a bit of flexibility in him for once. And while he might not be quite as individualistic as some toys, there's still a lot of nice touches on Torpedo - the oxygen pipe connected to the tanks is so nicely done you have to wonder why the same material wasn't used for the pipes on Barbecue, Mainframe et al., while his harpoon gun is augmented by a pistol and a knife being holstered on the outside of the legs.
So, Torpedo doesn't possess quite the verve of more ambitious, later designs, there's a wonderful simplicity to his look, and the figure is beautifully executed. He's getting a bit rarer now, so don't miss the chance to snap one up.