The G.I. Joe Collector’s Club rounds out the week with another preview of Figure Subscription Service 3.0. As you get ready for the weekend, feast your eyes on Hit & Run!
You could have heard the collective gasp from the fandom when the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club announced that Hit & Run was going to be included in FSS 3.0. Based on his appearance from the Concept Case as revealed at Joe Con 2012, this figure instantly became one of those “lost gems” that many fans wanted simply because he wasn’t scheduled for production. It was ironic considering that Hit & Run never had much of a presence in the original G.I. Joe line outside of his vintage 1988 version. It wouldn’t be until 2009 when fans would receive a 25th Anniversary version as part of the Assault on Cobra Island 7 Pack with a second generation 3 release that was based on a cancelled vintage vehicle driver as part of the 2013 Joe Con Nocturnal Fire set. The convention version was met with some controversy due to the color deviance from the original ’88 version and so it seems the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club is taking one last shot at giving members the Hit & Run they asked for.
The FSS version appears to be straight out of the concept case and essentially replaces the 2009 version as a modern interpretation of the character. All the signature elements are there– including the missing camouflage on the figure’s face– something that was noticeably absent in the Nocturnal Fire version. The base green color is gone– which is most likely a cost-savings issue in terms of paint apps but overall the look of Hit & Run is still there. (Since this is a recoloring of the same version that was in the Nocturnal Fire set they’re using the same paint masters for the head and just adding in the striping.) While he doesn’t have his duffle bag, it’s not a deal-breaker for me and I find that this version will easily replace the 2009 release in my collection.
If you’ve not already subscribed to FSS 3.0, you’ll want to do so before June 30, 2014!
There are a lot of Hit & Run fans out there given that his only source of exposure were the old Marvel comics of the late 80’s. He’s an awesome character and his figures have all been consistently excellent.
I have the Assault on Cobra Island version, but this one has also been on my want list ever since he was announced. He won’t quite replace the 2009 version as the 1988 original’s definitive update, but he provides a nice middle ground between his 25th Anniversary and Nocturnal Fire incarnations.