This is another gift from my wife to add to my classic era G.I. Joe collection. This is one of the later vehicles and figures I own as the G.I. Joe Star Brigade Starfighter was released in 1993. This ship was released after G.I. Joe had already began it's fall from being one of the top toylines of the previous ten year period. Weirdly enough, I did not find this boxed Starfighter on eBay but on Amazon of all places with several left in stock and at a reasonable price. My wife snapped it up for a gift.
I thought it was still going to be new and sealed in the box but I was only partially right. The ship arrived with the outside shrink wrap gone and some random stickers stuck on the box and the box was heavily dented in. That's no big deal to me as it isn't like the Star Brigade Starfighter is some ultra-rare investment toy. All the parts were still inside and the ship had never been assembled and the Sci-Fi figure was still sealed in a plastic bag.
The ship was simple enough to put together. It took less than ten minutes from package to finished including placing the stickers on the craft. The two halves of the ship don't fit perfectly together toward the front. I assume this is because the plastic has warped slightly over the last twenty-three years but it's not enough to be a big deal.
The ship is small and a pretty basic little aircraft. The Sci-Fi figure is also a simple figure in color and style especially compared to the first version of Sci-Fi with his striking green and silver paint scheme. I do like the removable helmet but it doesn't really fit down onto his head very well. By this point in the G.I. Joe line they were in free fall and the toys, in general, had declined, opting way more for gimmicks like Star Brigade and Eco Warriors than in military styling and character design.
In the end, however, I was pretty pleased with the outcome. I was already an adult by the time this ship came out so I don't have any nostalgic childhood bonds to this toy but it is cool to have something new from the later part of the G.I. Joe line-up which my collection really lacks.