Archive: Seymour "Sci-Fi" Fine - Elite Combat Trooper

January 27, 2012

Sci-Fi was released in the winter of 2011 as part of the fourth wave of figures in the G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary line. The 30th Anniversary line celebrates 30 years since the release of the modern, 3-3/4-inch G.I. Joe action figure. As part of the celebration, Hasbro not only included figures of classic characters from the 1982 A Real American Hero comic and television series, but also those from the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series.

While the notion of fluorescent-colored figures typically makes G.I. Joe collectors cringe, Sci-Fi is an exception. Market research suggested that The Rise of Cobra movie figures' all-black deco made the figures difficult to differentiate and created confusion among parents, kids and even some collectors. To remedy this, Hasbro decided to develop their 30th Anniversary G.I. Joe offering by adding characters that were a little more "colorful," in both the literal and figurative sense. Not necessarily fan favorites, characters such as Sci-Fi, Airtight and Lifeline were well received--despite their bright coloring--because they were well-designed and well-equipped interpretations of their classic predecessors.

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Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: helmet with raised face shield, helmet with closed face shield, blast vest, backpack, hose, laser rifle, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (SCI-FI)

Did You Know? Laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Sci-Fi's laser rifle uses argon gas as its source, which produces a green / blue beam. Argon lasers are commonly used in medical procedures to treat retinal detachment, glaucoma and macular degeneration of the eye.

Seymour "Sci-Fi" Fine
Elite Combat Trooper
Name: Seymour P. Fine
Grade: E-4 (Specialist)
Birthplace: Geraldine, Montana
Primary Weapon: L-LAT Laser Assault Targeting Weapon
Combat Gear: Removable Helmet, Helmet with Blast Shield, Power Hose, Power Source Backpack, Support Rifle, Argon-Burst Laser Rifle

Sci-Fi is a laser trooper who is a master of precision and patience. A laser weapon requires someone who can hold his position for an extended time. Sci-Fi is perfect for the job because he's a slow-moving, easy-going guy, and an experienced marksman. He can keep perfectly still as the laser burns through enemy weapon systems in a continuous-burst beam.


Joe Tages said...

Nice! Hasbro sure hit a home run with my man Seymour here.

Agreed on the color confusion regarding the ROC figures. I think they should have gone with retro cards for the 30th Anniversary just like they did with the 25th, since the cards used now look too much like the previous ROC and POC stuff.

Unknown said...

It's funny how a character we overlooked over 20 years ago can turn out so well today. It will be interesting to see how Hasbro handles the Retaliation figures. One thing I noticed immediately is that the costumes had more personality, so I'm wondering if the market research they collected from the ROC figures had any influence on designs for Retaliation. I'm sure toys had to play some part in the decision.

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