Archive: Tunnel Rat - Infiltrator (G.I. Joe: Renegades)

May 2, 2012

Tunnel Rat was released in the winter of 2011 as part of the third 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.

It's interesting to follow the evolution of certain characters over the years. Tunnel Rat was originally based on the Vietnam War era soldiers responsible for subterranean search and destroy missions. With slightly over a decade separating the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam (1973) and the release of the first incarnation of Tunnel Rat in 1987, the character's persona was fitting for the time. But as that decade grew to nearly four, generational disconnects developed and the inclusion of Tunnel Rat in  G.I. Joe: Renegades meant the the character's persona had to be re-imagined with one more relevant to the changes in society. While Tunnel Rat still likes to squeeze through tight spaces, his new stomping grounds are more urban and industrial, and exploit a trend that has captured the interest of many in the Internet generation, urban exploration--the examination of unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas.

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Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: neck scarf, backpack harness, backpack, assault rifle with bipod, revolver, robotic bomb defusing unit, laptop computer, shovel, flashlight, wire cutters, phone, stove, pan, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (TUNNEL RAT)

Did You Know? The New York City subway system's 842 miles of track and 468 stations in operation are a fascinating feat of human ingenuity, but urban explorers find its miles of unused routes, unfinished tracks and abandoned stations--some dating back to the early 1900s--even more fascinating.

Tunnel Rat
Name: Nicky Lee
Grade: Private First Class
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Primary Weapon: Heavy Assault Rifle
Combat Gear: Revolver, Robotic Bomb Defusion Device with Controller, Phone, Shovel, Survival Pack, Survival Gear

Tunnel Rat is a street-wise infiltration expert. He has a small, wiry build and can get into tight spaces like air ducts and sewers. He is also right at home in dark places like subway tunnels. Because he knows many natural healing remedies, he ends up becoming the group's medic whenever someone gets hurt.

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