Action Figure Overview: G.I. Joe - Shockwave (Hasbro, 1988)
|Repeater and Hit & Run compared to Shockwave|
GI Joe's resident S.W.A.T. Specialist, Shockwave, was a little different than the others to me. I thought of the GI Joe Team as an elite military group - brought together to deal with the most dangerous situations and the most ruthless villains. I thought of them as the best of the best from the four branches of service (even though more than 80% of the GI Joe Team was in the Army). But Shockwave really didn't seem like a military man. According to his file card, Shockwave was a member of the Detroit Police Department. Even though he was the youngest member of the city's S.W.A.T. team and he was the first guy through the door on a mission, being good at being a cop didn't make him a military guy to me. I thought GI Joe wasn't very likely to pull someone from the Police Department into the Joe Team. You could argue that Shockwave had left the S.W.A.T. Team to join the army, but if that were the case, he wouldn't be dressed in his S.W.A.T. uniform. That led me to believe that Shockwave was a cop who was recruited to be part of the G.I. Joe team for specific missions. Still, the figure looked cool so I picked him up...although I honestly don't know if I played with him even one single time!
|The Dic GI Joe cartoon featured the 2nd version of Shockwave.|
Shockwave ended up being one of the last GI Joe figures I got as a kid. I liked him on his own, but he never fit in with my idea of what the G.I. Joe team should be. What about you? I'm curious to hear what YOU think about Shockwave? Did you have the Shockwave action figure when you were a kid? Was he one of your favorites or did he just hang out in the toy box waiting for a hostage situation to arise? Tell me in the comments below!
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