1988 G.I. Joe Stead-Cam Maching Gunner: Repeater

By:  Karl Stern (@dragonkingkarl, @wiwcool, karl@whenitwascool.com)

Repeater (File name: Jeffrey R. Therine) is basically described on his G.I. Joe file card as an under achieving loner.  The action figure was only produced for two years, from 1988-90.  Repeater was never a major player in the comic books or the cartoon series.  Still, he's a pretty decent figure especially when you consider he was released in 1988 which had a lot of neon and ninjas in the line.  Repeater is a Steadi-Cam Machine Gunner which is never really explained on the file card but it's pretty self evident that he is a machine gunner with a stabilizer attachment. 

I never had Repeater as a kid, in fact, I don't even remember him.  I bought him a year or so back after running across him in one of the few issues of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic book he appeared in and looked him up.  I thought the machine gun was pretty cool.  

There is a small hook on his belt that attaches to the machine gun to help it pivot.  The sculpt is otherwise unremarkable and I absolutely hate the moon shaped face sculpt.  I do think it is cool that he is a pretty much straight up solider in an era where G.I. Joe was getting a little "out there".

Repeater also comes with a pretty non-descript standard backpack.  I also am not sure how I feel about the green accents.  I think dark brown might have been a better choice.

The figure looks much better straight on than in profile.  You can't make out his sunken in face that way and the machine gun is pretty cool looking.  I also like the fingerless glove and wish they had also put that on his right hand as well.  Again, I think dark brown would have been a better choice for the vest.

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