|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 didnt 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. Its rather fragile and expensive, and to be honest Im not fussed about getting the thing... I went for Red Wolf to round out the Red Shadows a little bit, and Im 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. Im tempted to get a spare Rattler and do it in red, but thatd be pretty expensive. So, usually hes just lumbered with driving the Shadowtrak.
The figure itself is nice to look at nothing else in the line looks much like this, and hes 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, theres not much you can really do with Red Wolf even if you have got a Roboskull, hes 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.