HELICOPTER PILOT  
  Code Name: WILD BILL  
 

Like Bazooka, Wild Bill was one of those ones everyone liked as a kid, thanks to his crazy accent (I don't think anyone bought the Action Force attempt to claim he was from Hull, even the writers of the comic ignored that slice of fried gold). Unlike Bazooka he's managed to avoid becoming a bit of a joke since, being a notably awesome presence in Devil's Due's "World War 3" epic.

The original version was packed in with the Dragonfly XH-1 helicopter, a fine toy. Initially I went for the shiny 25th Anniversary Wild Bill, which is a lovely toy. It captures the character's look exactly, is beautifully detailed (including a removable hat and jacket) and has a wonderful pair of six-shooters. These really score because Wild Bill has the articulation to pull off some neat gunslinger poses.

Indeed, the only problem with the 25th version is he can't fit in the Dragonfly. It's not just the huge holsters, the figure's too tall (and the Dragonfly's not the most accommodating of vehicles anyway). So, I also have an original Wild Bill for when the guy's actually piloting helicopters. Sadly, the original figure is terrible - I'm not sure if it's just some perspective thing forced by the moulded hat, but the head looks massive. The figure's also low on detail even compared to those of a similar vintage, ending up having the slightly cartoony feeling of something from The Corps.

However, it does fit in the Dragonfly, and the detail can be countered somewhat by the ability of the 25th version's jacket to fit him perfectly. The update, however, is so much better a figure it's unreal, and is also one of the best in the line.

 

 

G.I. Joe Wild Bill
G.I. Joe Wild Bill
G.I. Joe Wild Bill
G.I. Joe Wild Bill