Think about Native American Action figures. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Spirit Iron-Knife, of course! If you were a child of the '80s, like me, G.I. JOE was a big part of your childhood along with He-Man, Transformers and, oh yeah, Star Wars. G.I. JOE had a Native guy, though. Okay, so he was a walking stereo-type with bird. What is up with the bird, anyway? I've never met a Native American falconer, have you?
|1984 Spirit the Tracker|
|Spirit from 1989|
|Spirit's 1989 file card|
So, this Spirit's special ability is that he's never late for dinner? Seriously?
Anyone else think this sculpt looks a little...er...pale? Why do his "sew-in knee protectors" make me giggle? Ooo, "Authentic Navajo warrior boots", too, if Navajos were pirates.
|Spirit 1993 (birdless)|
|Spirit 1993 filecard|
|2004 12" Spirit Iron Knife|
|Spirit 2004 12" filecard|
Admittedly, this is my favorite sculpt. Plus, I have weakness for 12" figures since I can make clothes for them or swap outfit from other one. Not that I do that. Okay, so maybe this really is just a boy Barbie. Don't judge me!
|Spirit Iron-Knife 2005|
|Spirit Iron-Knife's pet eagle, "Freedom" in 2005|
|Sigma Six 2005 Spirit Iron-Knife|
So, this one, while sporting a dynamic sculpt, not only has an eagle, but a bow and tomahawks! Lookie, he's even got face paint and tattoos because he's exotic and mystic like that.
|Sigma six 2005 Freedom|
|Spirit Iron-Knife 2006 (birdless)|
|Spirit Iron Knife 2008|
|Spirit Iron Knife's 2008 file card|
Doesn't he look a bit like a confused old guy? This is a back-to-basics sculpt and the file card reflects that, too, except for the omitted opinions on modern psychology.
|"Freedom" in 2008|
|Nope, still looks confused.|
|Spirit Iron-Knife 2010 (birdless)|
Great, another tomahawk, and they almost got it right, too. What's up with the snakes?
Just because they're plastic stereo-types, doesn't mean we can't have fun with them. Spirit 2008 and 2005 make an appearances in Ian Skorodin's Crazy Ind'n The Sequel alongside the The Corp's Tracker Tom as leading man. Enjoy!
Blog goddesses note: For this post I do have to give credit to http://www.yojoe.com/ and the collectors who submit their photos. Yes, I do own action figures, more than I would like to admit to, perhaps. Then, I married a Star Wars collector and my fate was sealed.