Blowtorch

And when we kiiiiiiss. It’s like fire.



Special edition. Since I’ve got someone who actually comments on this toy blog thing, might as well give ’em a special review. I really should space out my material though, oh well.

I wasn’t initially keen on getting Blowtorch, but since I had to buy the entire wave (we have to do these things to get Joes where I am) and since the other figs in the wave were strong, I took the plunge and got Blowtorch along with the Resolute figures.

Bio-wise, Blowtorch is quite amusing. I never had Joes as a kid, so not only do I not have nostalgia for Blowtorch, but I think it’s pretty silly when peeps nitpick on Trakker and not the NEON YELLOW and NEON ORANGE dude. But I digress, we’ll get to that in the aesthetics section. Back to the bio, essentially, Blowtorch is a fireman who is paranoid about fire to a ridiculous degree, to the point where he won’t go watch a movie unless he’s right next to the fire exit. It’s like he’s some guy preparing for the zombie apocalypse, only with fire instead of brain sucking undead. I love it!


Aesthetics
He’s neon yellow and orange, with a puke green gun… but the more I look at Blowtorch, the more I dig him. I dunno why. Maybe it’s that serial killer smile he’s got, which looks awesome. And when he’s got his mask on, he still looks good. Details are aplenty with lotsa neat folds and he’s even got a fire extinguisher strapped to his back. Talk about crazy prepared.

But there are a few issues besides the color preference though. His legs are quite wonky. It’s alright from the front, but from the back, there’s just something off about them. On mine, the seam on one leg doesn’t fully closed either, and the knees have a fragile feel to them. Generally I have pretty good confidence in Hasbro stuff, so it might just be all in my head.


Articulation
Your standard Joe articulation, I have very little to say about it. The arms don’t have much inward motion due to his vest and generally baggy clothed design, but nothing detrimental. At least he doesn’t have a gimp leg like so many Joes seem to arbitrarily have.


Accessories
Pretty comprehensive. Blowtorch comes with a helmet with a breath mask attachment, a backpack of various firefighting gases which can attach to his “blaster” via a tube. And of course, he comes with a customized stand.

Blowtorch’s hands are pretty closed though. Not closed into actual fists mind you, but enough that he can’t hold onto his gun handles unless you force them in. I’m not inclined to do so myself (on principal), as there are far too many Joes with fists that are too opened to hold their pistols.

The other thing is the mask. It has a hard time fitting onto Blowtorch’s face. This is due to Blowtorch having a relatively large head, so the mask bit isn’t quite able to attach perfectly into the helmet.


Overall
Despite my criticisms, there are worst toys out there to get than Blowtorch. Given that there are other Joes out there who are more well known, like Snake Eyes (if you haven’t got one (or ten) already), Duke (ditto), Cobra Troopers (you can never get enough of these), etc. Given all that, I’d put Blowtorch on the lower end of your to-get list.

Unless you’ve got nostalgia for the character or toy, he’s not the best G.I. Joe ever. By no means is he bad. In fact, he’s pretty fun. But even if he didn’t have a few minor issues, the average buyer should probably look into the other characters first.

2.8 out of 5


———————————–
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent
4.1 – 4.5 = Worth high pricing
4.6 – 5.0 = Worth inflated secondary market pricing

* 4.1 – 4.5 is for slightly inflated secondary market or unreasonably high (retail) pricing.

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4 Responses to Blowtorch

  1. Philip Reed says:

    Blowtorch was the second G.I. Joe figure I owned as a kid (after Breaker). I have no idea what the hell was wrong with me, but I constantly made unusual choices in toys. I’d say that I’m better now but I want this Blowtorch. His suit is great!

  2. updatedude says:

    Yeah, did a Blowtorch review ’cause of what I read on your blog, heh. He’s okay if there’s a sentimental reason to get him, and he does look pretty good. But prolly not a casual collector’s top priority

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