Friday, 30 October 2015

Funskool Fridays! Action Commandos

Part 5: Action Commandos
The Action Commandos are (almost certainly) the rarest GI Joe figures ever produced. Very few samples ever made it into collector hands. Information on them is so difficult to obtain that for a long time these were considered urban legends among Funskool collectors. At some point, these figures were given away with a purchase of a ‘’Complan’’ chocolate energy drink.

The team is made up of 5 figures. Each one came carded and included a file card. Character names were taken from these. 

Canary Ann
Canary Ann is probably the best known of the five Action Commandos. For my version, I decided to forgo the black outside underpants.

Head, torso, arms: 50th Lady Jaye
Legs: 25th Comic Hawk

Cross Country (Red Scrap Iron)
I knew nothing about this version of Cross Country before starting my research. Now that the custom is made, I believe that I will swap his head and make a Crimson version of Scrap Iron.

Head, legs: 25th Airborne
Torso: 25th Shipwreck
Arms: PoC Shock Trooper
Hands: RoC Duke
Vest: 25th Scrap Iron


The original Action Commandos were a team of heroes, so Rednok did not have a Cobra logo printed on her chest. Since I used 50th Baroness for my custom, I was stuck with the sigil. I will display my custom with my Crimson forces and replace the inferior GIJCC Crimson Baroness.

All: 50th Baroness


Rocker (Blue Firefly/Short Fuse)
Rocker is probably the least well known of the group. In fact, through all the research I did for this project, I only ever saw his code name mentioned once on Facebook. It was by a well-respected Funskool collector, so I figure that Rocker is the official name. For my version, I added a helmet and decided that his specialty is para-rescue.

Head: RoC Pit Commando
Harness: Ret Firefly
Everything else: 25th Firefly

According to his file card, Striker seems to be the Commander of the Action Commandos. For my version, I stuck pretty close to the original’s recipe. Since I have replaced my 25th Gung Ho with the 50th version, Striker is not simply a Gung Ho clone. Although the tooling is very much a product of its time, I’m pretty happy with result.

Head: 25th Airborne
Everything else: 25th Gung Ho

Friday, 23 October 2015

Funskool Fridays! New Characters

Part 4: New Characters


Skydiver is a one of a few characters created by Funskool for their GI Joe line. According to his file card, he is a bit of a one-man army that can give Big Brawler a run for his money.

Head: RoC Duke
Helmet: 25th Airborne
Backpack: Renegades Ripcord
Everything else: 50th Beachhead

Street Hawk w. motorcycle
Street Hawk was created by Funskool and is based off the 1985 movie of the same name. Funskool intended it to be a race bike and as such did not include any armament with the original. For my version, I added the side mounted mini-gun and gave the figure a sub-machine gun. I will be using the figure as a Street Viper, a motorized division of the Alley Vipers.

Head: PoC Cobra Commander
Torso, arms: Ret Snake Eyes
Legs: RoC Neo-Viper
Helmet: PoC Alley Viper
Harness: RoC MARS Officer

Motorcycle: (Beat up) Vintage RAM

Super Cop
Super Cop may very well be the best known of Funskool’s exclusive characters, probably (in part) because the original re-used Sgt Slaughter’s head. According to his file card, Super Cop certainly lives up to his code name. He is an expert with all kinds of pistols and rifles. He is also an expert marksman that never misses his target. For my custom, I did not have a spare Slaughter head, so I used one that was in my fodder box that had shades and a ‘stache. Wild Bill’s head is a bit undersized so, I will keep my eyes open for a better one to replace this one in the future.

Head: 25th Wild Bill
Hat: VvV Wild Bill
Everything else: 25th Hawk

Friday, 16 October 2015

Funskool Fridays! Interesting Colors - GI Joe

The original 1985 Barbecue was one of my favorite figures growing up, so I definitely wanted to include Funskool’s version in this series. In reality, I believe that Funskool Barbecue is a dark orange. However,  I purposefully darkened the color a bit to red to set him apart from my 25th version.

Lower legs: RoC Flash
Everything else: 25th Barbecue.


This version of Beachhead is one of the few Funskool figures that I actually had. I purchased him around 2005 when I was just getting back into Joes as an adult. I never had Beachhead as a kid, but always liked his character in the Sunbow series, so I picked him up for cheap. He stood in my collection for a while and then was replaced with the VvV Night Force version. For my homage, I used the same bright green as ‘’Emerald Zap’’

Head: 50th Beachhead
Everything else: 25th Comic Pack Beachhead


Beachhead (Red)
Red Beachhead is one of the first figures I made for my Funskool series. For whatever reason, this color scheme has always appealed to me.

All: 50th Beachhead


Yellow Torpedo actually reminded me quite a bit of the Sunbow Joes diving uniform. For that reason, I thought it was a cool homage.

All: 25th Torpedo


Wild Bill
Wild Bill was one of the only Funskool figures that I acquired in the early 2000s. At the time, I thought the colors were pretty wacky and ended up repainting him green (like all my Joes during that period). Now that I know a bit more about the history of GI Joe, I can appreciate the orange flight suit that harkens back to the Action Pilot and the Air Adventurer. For my custom, I looked for a better head than the 25th version, but came up empty. When I find a suitable replacement, I will make the swap.

Upper arms: 25th Viper
Lower arms: 25th Storm Shadow
Everything else: 25th Comic Pack Wild Bill


Tripwire is one of those characters that got repainted in pretty much every market he was released in (Stay tuned for a future project regarding this fact) India was no different. The Funskool version of sports an interesting color scheme. I tried to match the original’s colors as closely as possible. I still need to figure out how to make the ‘’BOMB SQUAD’’ logo on his chest. After that, he will be complete.

Upper legs: Renegades Firefly
Everything else: 25th Tripwire

Friday, 9 October 2015

Funskool Fridays! Interesting Colors - Cobra

Part 2: Cobra Interesting Colors

Red Buzzer is one of the rarer Funskool figures. The red shirt and brown hair set him apart from his North American version somewhat. I had a pretty complete 25th Buzzer disassembled in my fodder bins, so I took a crack at it.

Lower arms: 25th 5-pack (3rd) Storm Shadow
Everything else: 25th Buzzer

Major Bludd
Blue and yellow Major Bludd is another figure that is considered pretty rare. I like how the Funskool version uses the V1 mold, but the Sonic Fighters color scheme. For that reason, he was high on my to-do list.

All: 25th Extreme Conditions Major Bludd


Like red Buzzer, purple Ripper is pretty hard to find for Funskool collectors. Since I had a spare 25th ‘’Fred Flintstone’’ Ripper, I thought I would give Buzzer a Funskool partner.

All: 25th Ripper


Wild Weasel
Although he looks similar to his 25th version, I completely repainted Wild Weasel for the Funskool version. Besides the yellow and blue, the red is also a shade lighter and brighter.

All: 25th Wild Weasel