G.I. Joe was always a blast on the open seas, or the bathtub, which is where this guy spent most of his time.
That’s the Cobra Frogman, code name: EELS.
This was the first “underwater” villain released by Hasbro for its G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series. The character first appeared in 1985, and has been reproduced five times since.
EELS were the enemy underwater demolitions specialists, a constant threat to G.I. Joe’s fleet of aircraft carriers, hovercraft and “Devilfish” speed boats.
The figure came with a pair of flippers, a backpack with jet attachments and a spear gun. I’ve only got the backpack, I don’t know what happened to the rest of his stuff.
I purposely pulled this figure out of the box because he answers a question posed in last week’s post: Whatever happened to Xamot?
Xamot, the twin brother of Cobra Crimson Guard Commander Tomax, has been missing from my collection. I have no memory of what happened to him, but it appears he broke and his body parts were salvaged to use for other figures.
That’s why the waist on EELS doesn’t match. That’s Xamot’s waist. It’s likely that EELS’ waist broke (in that unfortunate place where Joe figures were prone to breakage) and it was replaced with a piece of Xamot.
Maybe it happened during a battle, maybe not. If it was during battle I’d like to imagine Xamot got mixed up in a body part/organ theft plot that saw him taken to pieces so his parts could be sold to other Cobra characters.
That’s kind of gross.