H.I.S.S. DRIVER version 3
This here is the guy who drives the famous Cobra HISS tank. If you’re even remotely familiar with the G.I. Joe brand then you’ve got to be familiar with the HISS tank. It’s probably the most unique vehicle of the entire G.I. Joe mythos. Just it’s silhouette is instantly recognizable. Too bad the same can’t be said for the poor fella who drives it. This guys gets no credit. Whenever the HISS tanks appeared in the cartoons or comic books they were almost always piloted by someone else. A lot of people didn’t care for this guy back in the day. The original version released in the 80s had a giant melon head, was wearing blazingly bright red and thigh high boots. I however loved him. He was one of my favorites.
This version was released in 2008 as part of the Ultimate Battle pack which also included 6 other figures and 3 vehicles, one of which was of course a HISS tank. This guy still doesn’t seem to get much affection from fans but I still love him and I think this modern version is far superior to the original. The bright colors and thigh highs remain but he’s lost the melon head. I actually can’t find anything wrong with this guy. He’s made up of re-used parts from other figures but that’s pretty standard in the world of action figures. I actually prefer the silver chest plate over the blue on the original, it just makes him look a little more “clean”. He’s got a small pistol as his only accessory but that’s really all you need when you’re cruising around in a muthaf**k’n tank. This is the type of figure I have to talk myself out of army building every time I see one for sale. 9 out of 10.