2001 Tripwire

2001 Tripwire

I was recently reminded when I read this post on Forgotten Figures that the ARAHC line turned 20 this year, which is curious to think about. As a kid, I pretty much passed over these entirely, so it was fun to collect them later in the 2000‘s when 25th Anniversary was the only thing anyone cared about. A lot of these were some pretty good repaints, that really fell short just by way of their extremely drab colors and the repetition of certain mold choices. Of course, Tripwire here is only 19 years old, but it’s the same line and more importantly: I wanted to write about him.

Tripwire is mostly similar to his ‘83 figure, and at a glance you might mistake him for that release when used in a photo. The only real difference is that the colors here are much, much darker than on the ‘83 figure. The green is now a dark olive, while gray is swapped for black. To me, it kind of seemed like a nice way to re-release a Tripwire figure that’s unique apart from the original, but still close enough that it works in lieu of that figure. It’s dark and a little boring, but also looks a little more realistic, so it’s a fair trade-off.

One thing I hate about the Tripwire mold is it’s penchant for “brown nosing”. You know, it’s the same problem the Televipers and Slipstream have. Because the face is painted onto plastic colored to match the rest of the uniform, as soon as something nicks his nose, there’s a huge dark spot left there. My ARAHC Tripwire has a boogered nose like this, because I got him in a lot with a bunch of other ARAHC figures all at once for a couple of dollars. It was a deal too good to pass up, but it’s still always bugged me. I think I’ll repaint it soon.

As for accessories, Tripwire comes equipped with the entirety of his original loadout. You get his mine detector, 3 mines and backpack just like always. Although exploring Tripwire’s secondary specialty of demolitions would seem interesting, I’m glad they managed to keep him with his original parts.

I’ve really enjoyed this figure in my collection over the years- to the point I’ve yet to acquire a V1 Tripwire. Objectively speaking, it’s a drab Tripwire repaint in a line that featured too many drab repaints. However, on his own it’s a workable figure that does well to represent a classic character. I suppose another way of saying that, is that the only thing that holds this figure back is the line he’s associated with.

You can get this Tripwire around $7, and he’s commonly in lots with the Big Brawler he came packaged with, as well as other ARAHC figures. ARAHC lots are common and usually don’t go for much still, so if you aren’t offended by the overall drabness of the line, you can usually get figures like this one with a few extras for a lot less. They are good toys in all honesty, they really just suffer from bad marketing choices.

2001 Tripwire ARAH ARAHC GI Joe Cobra Hasbro vintage action figure
2001 Tripwire ARAH ARAHC GI Joe Cobra Hasbro vintage action figure

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3 Responses to 2001 Tripwire

  1. Mike T. says:

    The original Tripwire was 18 years old when this figure was released. In 2001, 1983 seemed like a lifetime ago. Now, 2001 seems like recent history. I’m old….

    This Tripwire has aged better than a lot of the other figures in that series. The classic mold and all his gear are a big part of that. Plus, getting the wacky Funskool version helped quell the desire for something too different in this release. And, this guy photographs well.

    Odd thing about the ARAHC is that they remain cheap even though they probably exist in smaller numbers than even the 2002 releases that saturated retail. Collectors tend to like them. But, they simply don’t have that cachet to get caught up in the tidal wave of Joe prices.

  2. R.T.G. says:

    I think he’s one of the better ARAHC figures. He’s neither new nor exciting, but at the same time, this is a figure that’s had numerous ridiculous repaints (Listen ‘N Fun, Tiger Force and Funskool) so while this figure is probably a little too close to the original, it’s not like we missed out on anything.

    While I would’ve been happy to see this 2-pack in something other than Olive Drab, Hasbro probably would’ve done something ridiculous like arctic.

  3. A-Man says:

    It was a cromulent release. Heck, it was at least the second best figure in its wave. (Is that saying much when there’s Big Brawler and “Leatherneck” in the wave?)

    My favorite use of the Tripwire mold, okay his head mold:

    Oddness of a geeky Tripwire on Roadblock’s body. The fact it looks like it works better a lot of Hasbro kitbashes.

    I’m surprised people don’t use Tripwire’s head to make Tele-Viper customs, but then it’s not like Tele-Vipers are that hard to get.

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