What’s this– another preview image from the 2014 G.I. Joe Convention Set? The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club has unveiled the next figure in the 2014 Zombie Initiative set as the Eco-Force Flint!
Well, no one can say that the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club isn’t trying to stay true to the original Eco-Warriors Flint from 1991! With this bright green and yellow color palate, it’s pretty clear that nostalgia fever will be running high at the con this year. While I see the giant cannon that was originally released with the wave 1 Retaliation Duke, I also see what appears to be some Resolute accessories (on the left arm) and a brand new helmet! Plus, that’s a brand new head sculpt! It is interesting that the figure’s web gear is molded in black– almost in an attempt to add a bit more realism to the character design.
This is one of those times when the GIJCC has to walk a fine line between faithfulness to the original design and keeping the figure marketable. The 90’s were a neon age that was heavily influenced by toy lines like the TMNT. The original Eco-Warriors Flint was so bright that he required Joe fans to wear shades just to look at him. With this update, the original color scheme has been preserved but it’s also been muted some– a change that works very much in this figure’s favor!
The Eco-Force Flint Commander comes complete with everything shown.
That leaves the following as the next preview options:
- Zombie Hunters: Outback, T’J Bang,
Steel Brigade Commander
- E.C.O. Force:
Flint, Ozone, Clean-Sweep Cobra Lab Rat x2,Toxo-Vipers x 3, Toxo-Zombies x 3, and Repulsor with Dawg (NEW K-9).
For more information on the 2014 G.I. Joe Collector’s Convention, visit GIJoeCon.com
This is an improvement over the previous two announcements. I never thought that Flint looked quite right as an Eco-Warrior for some reason. Toning the neon green down and giving collectors his classic beret as an option really does work in his favor. Now it’s more like Flint wearing a decontamination suit, something he might have done in the Sunbow cartoon or wherever Airtight is involved.
Not feeling it. I like the new head. And while not accurate, the Ozone helmet makes a lot more sense than Flint’s original one since it is enclosed instead of open. But the colors are very disappointing. When the Club changed Eco to E.C.O., I had hoped that it was a move to make the team less Captain Planet-stupid, and more military by removing the campy look of the team and making them more military HazMat. But to quote the original Eco Force Flint in Marvel Comics #123: “I can also infer by the garish hues of your outfits that this is not a covert operation!” ‘Garish hues’ are the keywords. So while Flint’s suit works well enough for MOPP 4, his colors harken back to those awful days when bright DayGlo and Crayola colors ruled the deco. So without any meaningful update to 2014, this is just another wasted slot featuring a “more of the same” mentality bas don nostalgia, when nostalgia should have dried up in 2009.
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