EXPLOSIVES EXPERT  
  Code Name: TUNNEL RAT  
 

Visually modelled on comic writer Larry Hama, it probably shouldn't be that much of a surprise that Tunnel Rat was then a semi-regular for the rest of the comic run. His performances were probably better than the animated counterpart, Tunnel Rat only appearing in G.I. Joe The Movie with a thick Noo Yawk accent and buddying up with sports-fixated lanky wanker Big Lob. Probably due to the comic showings, Tunnel Rat became something of a cult figure, and went on to have a respectable role in the G.I. Joe Resolute animation.

Indeed, the Resolute two-packs gave a good excuse to get a new Tunnel Rat figure out there, but make no mistake - this is a 25th Anniversary figure, closely following the original toy's look. Tunnel Rat is slightly shorter than most of the male 25th figures, a cool nod to the original's dmunitive side. It's actually a lovingly rendered sculpt, though the eyes just look like they're squinting the whole time - the problem with doing such a specific facial expression is that while it looks fine for the right situation, it looks a bit silly when you try to pose the figure doing something else. The only other reservation is the skin's maybe a little pasty, especially considering the character's original Asian-American ethnicity.

On the plus side, the detail work is beautiful, notably the camo pain on his skin. Tunnel Rat's also stacked with accessories - not only is there a bandolier that economically combines the jobs of holding machine gun bullets, a grenade and a holster for a removable pistol, but there's also a satchel, winningly marked 'TNT' as on the card art (and unlike the original, they've actually painted it red this time). Tunnel Rat also comes with his blue neckerchief and a big machine gun, though I tend to add a generic assault rifle to the mix for flexibility.

In summary, Tunnel Rat is a very rewarding figure, and a surprisingly thorough rendering of one of the lesser-known characters. The only real drawback is the toy tends to be one of the pricier 25ths relatively speaking, though it's worth keeping an eye out for the Rise of Cobra version as a cheaper alternative - this straight recolour (with green hat and trousers, and black shirt) has the added bonus of coming with the passable Monkeywrench, and is one of the better contributions of the movie line.

G.I. Joe Tunnel Rat
G.I. Joe Tunnel Rat
G.I. Joe Tunnel Rat
G.I. Joe Tunnel Rat