MINE DETECTOR  
  Code Name: TRIPWIRE  
 

Poor old Tripwire suffered a lot in the 1980s. Not only did the figure's lack of offensive capability mean kids didn't really like it (tellingly, while many of the 1982/1983 characters were superseded in 1985/86 by new figures with the same function, there was no new mine detector guy), but Larry Hama used the presence of the word 'trip' in his codename to really let loose with his comedy skills. Thus, Tripwire tripped over constantly - hilarious stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.

He was firmly in the bracket of guys I was indifferent about, but bought due to looming completism. Some of the figures in this bracket have given me a pleasant surprise (Airborne, Flash, Torpedo), while others have left me cold (Scrap-Iron, Zartan, Doc). Tripwire's probably somewhere between.

He's certainly competently made, nicely dynamic and well-detailed (the colour scheme managing to disguise that it's another reuse of the Flash body). The head design doesn't quite work, but this is because it's based on the original - a bit like Gung Ho, Tripwire is a bit too daft to fit with the quasi-serious early stuff, but isn't done as wholeheartedly as the likes of Blowtorch and Barbecue, ending up looking like a soldier with some crazy padding.

There are some nice touches, like the faithful reproduction of his mining gear, but ultimately Tripwire is just a bit boring in the final analysis, though the four people who actually like the guy will be more than happy with the 25th reinterpretation.

 

 

G.I. Joe Tripwire
G.I. Joe Tripwire
G.I. Joe Tripwire
G.I. Joe Tripwire