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25th Flint (single-card) First-Look

By Justin Bell and Terry Dizard

Who knew that arguably the most accurate version of Flint to come out in over twenty years would get as much negative buzz as this one received? Since 1985 we've gotten several versions of the most famous Joe Warrant Officer, and none of them really captured the character of the likeable G.I. Joe top brass. From a lime green defender of the eco-system to a desert paratrooper, right up to a freakish figure with a tiny torso and moonboots, Flint has gotten the short end of many a stick over the years. So now we get a new version with his trademark beret, a great headsculpt, and his familiar camouflage pants and shotgun shells, and everyone is crying 'foul' over a missing pair of gloves or sleeves that are a little bit too long. While I won't pretend to understand the anger over it, I think it mostly has to do with the fact that Flint is such a central character and he somehow deserves his own tooling.

Ultimately, I would agree with that...however, G.I. Joe is in a different place these days, and tooling budgets must be considered. If given a choice between a Duke repaint as Flint, or no Flint at all, I definitely choose the Duke repaint, and I commend Hasbro for making some minor changes and really making this figure look like Flint. I'll admit it straight up, that this Flint would be better with his gloves (and with the swivel points at the gloves, instead of in the forearm) but the lack of gloves does not severely impact Flint, especially when you consider that retooling a Flint for some minor issues could potentially mean we don't get new tooling for a future figure down the line.

The cartoon really gave Flint the personality that has lasted over the past twenty-two years, and they've done an exceptional job really making this character shine. Flint did get somewhat of a focus in the Marvel comics way back when, but was never as important a character as he became in the Sunbow universe, and I think the cartoon was infinitely successful in that regard.

With his tactical shotgun, pistol with holster, and well detailed twin shotgun straps, regardless of what parts were used, this Flint is immediately identifiable and with a few minor changes we have gotten an excellent new figure. With Lady Jaye apparently coming out in Wave two, an important couple in the G.I. Joe lexicon will be complete, and I look forward to rebuilding my cast of favorites. Flint is a deserving character and a great update to the original, giving us a very nice display piece that is accurate to a fault.

Before Flint came along, I would argue most of us as kids had never heard of a Warrant Officer, and now it is a term that all collectors of G.I. Joe are well aware of, thanks to the strength of the Flint character. This figure captures that character well, and will look great on your shelves in or out of his package, hanging on display, or out fighting COBRA.

-YoJoe!

 

 

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06/21/07

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