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Saturday, September 6, 2014

KRE-O ® G.I. Joe Series 3: Low-Light!

09.06.2014 – If you grew up having the vintage G.I. Joe figures back in the day you’ll probably familiar with a few interesting characters that were introduced in the later part of the series.

Recently Hasbro’s Kre-O G.I. Joe blind micro figure blind bags pay tribute to the nostalgia of “A Real American Heroes.” One of them is Low-Light, which was part of the Wave 3 characters based from the vintage night spotter released in 1986…

Low-Light is basically not a member of the original thirteen that debuted in 1982, but was part of the fifth series of figures that have a backpack, sniper rifle and an uzi submachine gun. He appeared in the second season of the Sunbow/Marvel produced series voiced by Charlie Adler.

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The characterization of Low-Light features a deep voice being an extremely private person and avoids conversations with his teammates. But only communicates with them only when necessary.

In his original profile that came with the vintage action figure his story revealed that he was a timid with animals and was afraid of the dark. He was lost in the hunting expedition with his father, but was found three weeks later with his flashlight and .22 rifles changed being in the jungle having a grin from ear to ear.

This was a contradiction to the cartoon series that depicted the character from the second season being abused and the reason why he wears his goggles is because of being afraid of the dark and having traumatic abuse by his father.

Kreon Night Spotter

His original designation when the action figure was released as a ‘Night Spotter’ or an expert with a sniper rifle. When Kre-O released the third wave of the blind bags he was included in this series with simple accessories.

You can see that Hasbro and OxFord Toys (Korean manufacturer who produced the entire Kre-O building toys) definitely put quality in each of the set and micro figures that were released from Transformers, Battleship, Star Trek and now G.I. Joe. Just like the character based in the classic cartoon and toys he comes with a sniper rifle and backpack that includes 2x2 piece printed ‘meal’ for him to survive the jungle.

The detailed prints on his face, chest and legs pay homage to the classic character. Unfortunately he doesn’t come with a submachine gun or Uzi. This is due to that his sniper is consisting of two pieces (the rifle and bipod).

Kreon Night Spotter

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This is definitely one of the few characters that made its translation from action figure to a Kre-O micro figure. Having a very serious facial expression and printed red goggles this is a dead-on Low-Light in kreon form.

If you’ve been a fan of the character and no plans to complete the entire third wave of the blind bags this is definitely a Low-Light to get. Though this has not appeared on Philippine retail it has a small cult following among G.I. Joe fans and long time collectors regarding how Hasbro is paying homage to the 1980s classic.

The local toy distributor in the Philippines might have difficulty bringing the line and have decided to bring a different property instead. They should take a look to having this on retail, but for now the only way to acquire Low-Light and the rest of the Joes is either through a specialty shop that sell them or through local toy conventions.

Low-Light” is part of the wave 3 characters included in the blind bag for Kre-O produced by Hasbro and OxFord Toys. This was acquired in the US on retail that’s been quite popular due to the G.I. Joe toy line has not released any new figures lately.

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