Guess what? The Attica Gazette hiatus I didn’t tell anyone about, is probably over!
A while back I found a real beat-up, yet complete Quick Kick figure, so I bought it. I hadn’t purchased a vintage G.I. Joe figure in a long time, and an even longer time had passed since I’d purchased one locally. Am I big fan of Quick Kick? Not at all, he’s not wearing a shirt, he’s not wearing shoes and he’s one of the worst offenders of the “racial stereotype affecting the figure” aspect of G.I. Joe. Stalker’s a stereotype, but the figure doesn’t let you know that. Quick Kick’s does.
Quick Kick is a fairly well designed figure, he might be a stereotype but that doesn’t take away from the fact the toy has some good sculpting. He does however have one of the things that’s always bugged the hell out of me when it comes to G.I. Joe, a mysterious floating backpack. It’s a pet-peeve of mine when a figure has a backpack, yet no way for the figure to actually wear it. If a figure has web gear on I generally assume that’s what the backpack attaches to, but then there’s Quick Kick in his hall monitor sash, and I can’t reason it away. Bazooka has the same problem, and Outback too, if he’s incomplete.
Quick Kick isn’t a figure I bought because I like the character, I barely remember what his character was. However he’s a figure that falls into how a lot of my collecting goes, nowadays. Is he going to be useful for some photographs? I’ve taken more photos of figures now, then I ever did when the G.I. Joe line had some actual momentum. There’s also a pretty decent variety of ninja figures around, that gives Quick Kick a slight bit of use, even if it’s just as a dude bound to have a bad day at the hands of Storm Shadow.