COMBAT ASTRONAUT  
  Code Name: RED WOLF  
 

Red Wolf was one of the few Palitoy-devised characters to make it through to the third incarnation of Action Force, which was basically the 1983/1984 G.I. Joe range repackaged. Like Dolphin and Moondancer, Red Wolf was kept on by dint of being packed with Palitoy-originated vehicles. Unlike Dolphin and Moondancer, he didn’t get to be a super-rare repaint of a G.I. Joe mould – he was just Wild Weasel, completely unchanged.

All of which is a bit of an unrelated slab of trivia disguised as a pre-amble, as this review covers the original Red Wolf, a straight-arm Palitoy figure. Burned. Red Wolf was originally packed with the Roboskull space fighter – a big red skull that could fly and had guns and bits bristling off it. It’s rather fragile and expensive, and to be honest I’m not fussed about getting the thing... I went for Red Wolf to round out the Red Shadows a little bit, and I’m now at a loss for what exactly to do with him – he looks like a pilot, but aside from the Roboskull the Red Shadows had no airborne vehicles. I’m tempted to get a spare Rattler and do it in red, but that’d be pretty expensive. So, usually he’s just lumbered with driving the Shadowtrak.

The figure itself is nice to look at – nothing else in the line looks much like this, and he’s a wonderful halfway house between the Red Shadow troopers and the Muton. The all-new chest section might not have a neck joint (making this the least articulated Palitoy figure, though Red Wolf still does better than the original Deep Six), but it looks fabulous, a functional-looking atmospheric suit that still hits a lot of the right notes and fits in with the Red Shadows design philosophy. The red eyes look especially malevolent, without being unrealistic. On the downside, the shoulder pads do restrict what movement the arms do have.

Overall, there’s not much you can really do with Red Wolf – even if you have got a Roboskull, he’s largely hidden inside. However, for standing there and looking bloody ominous, he does the job nicely, and is certainly something a bit different to anything else in either the Action Force or G.I. Joe lines.



Action Force Red Wolf
Action Force Red Wolf
Action Force Red Wolf
Action Force Red Wolf