Raptor Is my most recent acquisition .A figure I'm glad I got because It helped me put into perspective exactly what years I full blown collected. 1987 -88 was a busy time for me .Busy asking people to take me to K-Mart.Busy asking people to take me to Fays drug store.Busy asking people to take me to Toys R Us and busy playing with my G.I. Joe figures.I was heavy into Joes these two years.I had older figures from previous waves but most of those were hand me downs or figures I had just found outside while playing.I thought,time to strike while the iron is hot and start picking up these figures now so by the time they make It into the cartoon,I'll already have them!I managed to collect most of series 6 (1987) single carded figures ,and Raptor here was one of them.To my dismay,Raptor never made the cut and failed to make a cartoon appearance.The good thing about that was that I could create a custom personality for him.
And speaking of Marvel.I wonder how much they had a hand In the design aspect of the 1987 and 1988 line of Joe figures.Raptor,Big Boa,Croc Master and Cobra La,all of them could have fit right into an Avengers or even X-Men comic book storyline.Raptor would have made a great arch villain to Falcon. I think that may be why I gravitated towards the '87 and '88 waves.Also, even though some of the characters were out there,their color schemes remained realistic. Lots of greens and browns with the occasional off color,but nothing that was ever exaggerated. That wouldn't come until later.
Raptor had some nice detailing built right into the sculpt.
But I think what everybody loved best was the head sculpt,for obvious reasons.
This Raptor came with everything except for the talons for his pet falcon.