G.I. Joe - Hall of Heroes: Flint Review (Mania.com)
By:Kurt Anthony Krug
Review Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009
One of the G.I. Joe team’s leaders, Flint with his trademark beret has been a fan-favorite since he debuted a quarter-century ago.
Born in Wichita, KS, Dashiell “Dash” Faireborn was a Rhodes Scholar (like Bill Clinton) who majored in English literature (rumors abound that he was named after Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon). Bored with academics, he enrolled in the U.S. Army, went to flight school (his file reads he’s a helicopter pilot, which has never been seen in the comic and cartoon if memory serves), and became a Warrant Officer. He led a few black-bag missions for Uncle Sam. Due to his creds, field commander Duke recruited him into the Joes.
Flint’s cartoon and comic book incarnations differed. On the cartoon, Flint (voiced by Bill Ratner) was second-in-command of the Joes (third when they introduced Hawk) and was very unassuming. In the comic, he came off as a cocky SOB. His saving grace was that he could put his money where his mouth is. The only thing the cartoon and comic versions had in common was that he was in love with Lady Jaye. Snake-Eyes and Scarlett may be the Joe team’s famous couple, but Flint and Lady Jaye aren’t far behind. (Another love interest – if she can be called that – is the evil Baroness. The two have kissed before.)
However, in the comic, Lady Jaye played hard to get for awhile, really turned off by his arrogance. She eventually fell in love with him and they got married between the Marvel and Devil’s Due series.
Interestingly enough, they also got married off-screen in the cartoon. On The Transformers cartoon, a major supporting character was a security officer named Marissa Faireborn. Turns out, she was the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye. In fact, an older Flint with his beret appeared in an episode of The Transformers and he was voiced by Ratner. While not mentioned by his code-name, it was a dead giveaway Marissa was his kid.
So it’s no wonder that Flint has had over 15 action figures as of May 2009, according to YoJoe.com. The Hall of Heroes version – released by Hasbro – has him packaged in a retro-blister pack (very 1980s), which is packaged in a Hall of Heroes special collectors box.
This action figure is 3¾ inches tall (like the original one in the 1980s, although this is a better sculpt of his face – he’s more mean-looking rather than having an odd smirk from his original toy incarnation). He comes with not one – but two – shotguns (his weapon of choice), a pistol (which is easily holstered on his leg – pretty cool), a backpack, and a figure-stand, even his dossier on the back of the blister-pack for all the completionists out there. Fully poseable, he looks pretty sharp.
It’s no surprise that this Flint action figure from the 25th anniversary collection was voted by Joe fans to be brought back into its Hall of Heroes collection. Other figures in this series of 10 include two versions of Snake-Eyes (in his original commando uniform and his definitive costume, complete with Timber, his pet wolf) and Storm Shadow. It’s a testament to Flint’s staying power that fans voted him into the company of the Joes’ most popular characters.
Mania Grade: B+
Toy Line: G.I. Joe Hall of Heroes series
Action Figure: Flint
Suggest Retail: $12.99
Includes: Action figure (Flint), backpack, shotgun (black), shotgun (green), pistol, figure-stand (includes Flint’s name on it), and dossier.