|12-04-2008, 11:20 AM||#1|
Human Smoke Grenade
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Blowtorch was an innovative figure back in '84 as he was the first figure released that featured a removable face mask. (Ripcord was the same year, but released after Blowtorch) To me, this was the coolest feature ever, at least until '85 when the heads started having ball joints, but hey when you're a kid back in the '80s this was great.
So, I've been looking forward to Blowtorch for nostalgia reasons. He doesn't hold the same fascination for me that say Flint or Snake Eyes does, but I still love the character. And, I'm happy to say that the modern Era Blowtorch does not let down. The body is mostly new parts, the exception being the chest, which is the same as the Snow Serpent and Arctic Snake Eyes. The head is a new sculpt, and looks fantastic. Yes, I said it...a figure that has a lopsided grin and it looks good. (unlike the crap head that belongs to Lift Ticket) The only downside is that he can not hold his torch with both hands properly.
Blowtorch's accessories are almost perfect recreations of the vintage, the pack actually appears to be modified from the original. The torch itself now features two handles and a removable hose, but is so close to the original that it took some close inspection to see that it wasn't. The helmet is smaller and thinner than what we have been used to, but it looks great! Hope to see more. He has a vest that slips over the neck post and is secured in place by the backpack. And yes, naturally he has the removable face mask. Great fit, and the hose plugs into the chest plate like the vintage one.
EDIT : Thanks to forum member 1SGHauser we can see that a panel on Blowtorch's backpack is removable. And thanks to member Irid70 we can see that thanks to the flexibility in the hose the Torch fits onto the side of the backpack. Thanks again for pointing out these two things I missed in my haste to get the review up!
Great figure, an excellent update to the first one.
FIGURE RATING 9 out of 10
Last edited by Eopie Herder; 10-14-2011 at 05:24 PM..
|12-04-2008, 11:25 AM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Highland NY
I still think he looks kinda goofy. SO yellow...
But a faithful sculpt.
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|12-04-2008, 11:29 AM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Greensboro, NC
One of the few Joes I'll pick up. I had him as a kid and the revamp looks great!
|12-04-2008, 11:32 AM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2007
I don't think I've anticipated a figure as much as I anticipate this one.
|12-04-2008, 11:40 AM||#5|
Desecrator of toys
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Where the COWS go mooooo !!
I do like how they they used snow-serpents legs again just put those plates in their instead of the pouches but he does look sweet i see a good custom waiting to happen i will buy a couple.
|12-04-2008, 11:41 AM||#6|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Portland, OR
i just don't understand the lego attachments and that is a whole lotta yellow.
very. bright. yellow.
must... look... away...
|12-04-2008, 11:59 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Loved this figure as a kid. I'm glad he recieved the 25th treatment.
|12-04-2008, 12:04 PM||#8|
The other Chris Brown
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bloomingdale, IL 60108
I hope I find one soon... This is the only figure from Wave 13 that I'll buy.
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|12-04-2008, 12:07 PM||#9|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: London, UK
Blowtorch's outfit reminds me of those figure fromt he 80's that had holes like that and you could attach things to, guns and etc..
Anyone know the name??
Also, What other toys fromt he 80's should they re-make... im thinking garbage pale kids, but instead of just stickers.. Make them Actual figures... I would buy all of them no dought!!!!
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