As action figures go, Mainframe is pretty run of the mill.
Introduced in 1986, he’s hampered by a pretty dull design. His grey outfit is a bit uninspired, and he doesn’t come with any weapons. He was essentially a phone operator.
This particular action figure did, however, prove to be unique in my collection.
First, he was a challenge to rebuild. The spacing under his waist actually proved to be fairly small. As a result, getting the leg hook through with the rubberband was difficult. I was concerned the plastic would break, and it did appear to have some stress coloring. Thankfully, however, things worked out.
Of my collection, Torpedo is one of the oldest. As a result, he’s also one of the action figures I’ve had that’s probably been broken the longest.
Torpedo always had a unique flaw. You’ll notice that there’s a hole in his gut. That wasn’t something I did, he came out of the packaging that way. It looks like its was punctured and melted a bit. Or perhaps when the plastic mold was made something got into it to cause the hole. Either way, it’s a distinctive error.
Originally released in 1988, Hit & Run was among the last of the G.I. Joe figured I got when I was a kid. But he quickly became one of my favorites.
The figure included a knife and assault rifle, as well as a duffle bag and grappling hook. I’ve read that a Target version had a parachute, but I didn’t own that. Heck, I didn’t even know Target was a real place back then.
The choice of Raptor as my first project was a bit of an odd-duck choice.
By the late 1980s, G.I. Joe characters started to get a little silly – a fact highlighted by this bizarre baddie, an accountant-turned-falconer who worked for Cobra in their neverending war with the Joes.
He ended up being my first reassembly not because I have any particular affection for the ridiculous character, but simply because I found his legs and waist almost immediately.