|Code Name: ZAP|
Beyond Hawk, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes and Stalker, the original 13 Joes were defined pretty much by their accessories. Zap was the bazooka guy, because the idea of a soldier who could use both a mortar and a bazooka was just too damn mental. Beyond being the guy with a bazooka, Zap never really did much, getting a couple of small appearances in the cartoon and almost immediately getting sidelined in favour of the aforementioned big hitters when under the pen of Larry Hama.
He got picked as one of the 'Assault on Cobra Island' set figures as much to move closer to completing the original 13 characters' representations in the 25th Anniversary line as for anything he actually did in the story, and was bought by me for largely for that reason. As it turns out, he's not too bad.
For a start, Zap's Latin American background gives the face a bit of variation rather than him just being another guy with short hair. Similarly, the brown webbing and different green on the uniform gives him a little variety without stopping him displaying well with the rest of the original greenshirts.
His defining characteristic, his bazooka, is nicely done too - the figure can actually grip both handles and aim the thing, which is nice. Plus the thing realistically breaks into two parts and Zap's backpack contains missiles which can be used for some decent loading poses. He also has a pair of pistols, one in a hip holster and the other in an ankle holster - it's a little bit of overkill, to be honest. Aside from that, the only real problem with the guy is that his helmet comes loose far too easily. Generally he's competently made, even if he lacks a truly unique look.