G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO (HASBRO)
“Crazylegs could have been the greatest organist in the world if his fingers hadn’t been too short. The Airborne Rangers don’t care how perfectly you can play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, they’re only concerned with your willingness to jump out of a helicopter into a hot LZ* with nothing but a rifle, a couple of grenades and the best wishes of your commanding officer. Crazylegs is of course, Airborne Ranger qualified and has been cross-trained as a forward artillery observer.”
Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy Leeeeeeeeeeeeegs! This guy’s got some Crazy Legs! That sounds a bit like a Rick and Morty bit or something, doesn’t it? Like the natural third partner to Baby Legs and Regular Legs. He’s the loose cannon! He’s Crazylegs! ….What was I doing? Oh, right, toy review. So, we’re back to the G.I. Joe reviews today, with a look at one of the less-remembered members of the team, one Crazylegs. This guy’s crazy…or at least his legs are.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Crazylegs was released in the 1987 assortment of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line. He’s one of the less fortunate members of that year’s assortment, given that ’87 was the year the movie came out, and several of that year’s characters got staring roles. But not ‘ol Crazylegs. Nope, there was no space for him. Had to make room for Big Lob! Everyone’s favorite! Crazylegs stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation, though his hips are somewhat restricted by the design of his harness. The figure sported a unique sculpt when he was new, though it would also be re-used for the v2 Crazylegs the following year. It’s actually a pretty impressive sculpt. He’s got one of the most expressive faces of all the Joes, with this big goofy grin on his face. This is a man who enjoys his legs being all crazy. His uniform is also pretty darn cool; there’s a quilted pattern on the red sections of the uniform, which seems pretty appropriate for someone doing high-altitude jumps. Crazylegs’ ensemble is completed by his parachute and harness, which actually connect under the legs, rather than pegging into the back like most of the line’s back gear. Crazylegs’ paint is a decent offering. It’s different from the usual greens we tended to see with the Joes, instead going for a red and grey combo. It actually looks pretty decent, and keeps him rather unique (although it does end up being rather similar to his assortment-mate Sneak Peek). Crazylegs is packed with a sub-machine gun with a folding stock, which is honestly one of the cooler standard weapons from the line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first introduction to Crazylegs was actually his Pursuit of Cobra figure, which was one of the line’s more oddball choices. I liked that figure quite a bit, despite not knowing a ton about him. When I was piecing together a large collection of Joes for All Time, Crazylegs was included and was one of the earlier figures to be pieced together. As one of the cheaper complete figures, it was pretty easy to throw him on the growing pile of far more expensive figures in the set. He’s honestly quite a nice figure, with a ton of fun little details. He’s got that unique expression, the nifty quilted details, a sweet gun, and just the craziest of legs. There’s really nothing about him I don’t like.
As touched on above, Crazylegs came from All Time Toys, who got in a rather sizable vintage Joe collection, the remnants of which can be checked out the Joe section of their eBay page here. If you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.