1985 Quick Kick

Guess what? The Attica Gazette hiatus I didn’t tell anyone about, is probably over!

QuickKick

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.

KungFu

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.

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2 Responses to 1985 Quick Kick

  1. A-Man says:

    To me Quick-Kick seemed less stereotype and more dated pop culture reference to Bruce Lee/70’s martial arts. The 80’s were the age of the ninja in pop culture, not kung-fu (screw you, Karate Kid!). So I recall most of kids mocking QK and his shoelessness (not a word). I was not a fan of the character at the time, but at least he was some good guy Asian representation until Tunnel Rat and Jinx came along. The cartoon debuted him in the snow, barefoot and all, see they knew how to subvert things! They didn’t play him as stereotype, instead just made him annoying.

    My brother had one. Mine was a mail-in from the 90’s that was actually Brazilian made and I barely used. So I have no great toy memories of him.

    That modern one they made with actual shoes and a removable uwagi shirt was kind of interesting. He’s actually only ever had 4 versions, for a character released at arguably GI JOE’s peak in 80’s, that’s surprisingly little.

    IDW’s reboot gave him a hooded jacket and cargo shorts!

  2. Brad Bellinger says:

    My childhood buddy had him & ‘82 Snake Eyes, while I had ‘84 Storm Shadow & Spirit. I never had any desire to own him- but only because that “protruding “rib” or whatever it is on his chest just always gave me the heeby-jeebies, like one well-placed punch could snap it, leaving bone fragments to float around inside him. I agree on your ‘floating backpack’ theory – I had a similar nitpick with his ‘hall monitor sash’, which is to say that it always looked like it would fall off of him, unlike the cross-chested bandoliers of Duke, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, or Chewbacca.

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