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Act 5: Hyper Boxer Parapsychic "Razorback"

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I can kind of dig it. It

I can kind of dig it. It reminds me a bit of when G.I. Joe starting getting further away from just military stuff and started making more sci-fi spacy stuff...then snakemen, etc.. lol

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Posted by NekroDave on 22 October, 2008 - 11:52
More Re-colored

It's funny that you mention GI Joe as I was going to use that as an example as Hasbro were the masters of re-coloring items. The entire 1982 first run was basically just 3 heads with different colored hair, not mention the bodies being reused. But it still is one of the best and iconic lines of the entire GI Joe run.

It seems GI Joe lost its way somewhere around 1992, i think they moved to far away from the traditional military line but lines such as the aliens in Star Brigade, street fighter, Cobra-La were a welcome addition. It's great to add those lines but Military soldiers in day-glow killed it for me and they forgot why we loved GI Joe in the first place but I had already stopped collection GI Joe in 1986-87 ( I now am trying to collect all the figures between 1982-1986 and will start writing reviews on them when I'm finished writing about Spiral Zone).

I actually secretly think this is the a really cool item in the Spiral Zone line but as a whole it doesn't quite fit in well with the rest of the line. The black uniform even looks better and appears it should have a sword as it has a very Samurai look to it.

Finally I do believe the silver suit has something to do with reflecting properties and has an added stealth technology to it. I will not know that until I translate the file cards which I plan to do soon.

Cheers
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Showapop on 22 October, 2008 - 13:33
Factory Error??

Sometimes, poor color choices are because of factory errors, or are left-over from color tests for molds, etc. Maybe this could be a reason for the silver suit? Maybe suits were made in an incorrect color for a different set, and the orange helmet details a mistake as well. rather than throw them away, just slam em into a new box. Either way, I think it's kind of cool.

I remember reading in a GI JOE book years ago, that the change from military colors to sci-fi then finally to movie-themed and neon eco-battles was due to massive complaints from parents, who were not pleased with their children playing with war toys. To make the change much more cost affective, colors were picked at the factory, using the cheapest color they had on hand (neon blue, say, for the accesories) as the line was in a steady decline since 1988. The US-military focus also damaged Hasbro's ability to licence the line to other countries, as not everyone on the planet is supportive of the US military or government. Making the figures neon blue and including monsters made it less war-torn, and more family friendly, since we all know when we direct day-glow violence towards non-humans, it's totally cool with mom and dad.

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Posted by The Big R on 22 October, 2008 - 14:17
Silver Suit

The Big R,

Thanks for the comment. Bandai actually used the silver suit in another release Act 6 Machine head, but since there isn't that much info the Spiral Zone line to begin with that' s definately a possibility.

What Joe book did you read.....I would love to read about that. I never heard that reasoning about why the line changed so quickly but personal I preffered the military influenece. That makes perfect sense that they would change it but in all reality they killed the line.

GI was repackaged as Action Force in the UK and Europe and Brazil had their own line of recolored GI figures. GI Joe was remarketed as an International Force and was very popular as an International Force. In fact I just recently heard the 80's Joe theme with the words A Real American Hero replaced with An International Hero. Action Force had the coolest re-color ever..Red Laser. Brazil also has a couple of Joe's that are worth locating.

Sanjeev,

I have a feeling that is what the Silver Suit is all about....but Act 4: Bull Solid is also a Parapsychic coating and it doesn't come with a Silver suit but a Black one and Act 6 Machine Head is not a Parapsychic but it comes with a silver suit!

Regardles Act 5 is a great item to have and I'm glad I finally own one,

Thanks Friends!
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Showapop on 22 October, 2008 - 20:02
not sure of which joe book

not sure of which joe book it was, but i'm pretty sure it was "Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe" or something along those lines. I'll see if i can find out which one.

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Posted by The Big R on 23 October, 2008 - 17:13
Well, regarding the colors,

Well, regarding the colors, the first thing I noticed is the word, "Parapsychic" on the box! Instantly, my mind simply resolved the decidely non-military colors to this guy being part of some weird psyker division of the military...y'know--creepy brain experiments and such.

Hence the silver suit. Duh.

;)

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 22 October, 2008 - 15:52
 
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