Last week I did an article on G.I. Joe Flamethrowers and I forgot one. Blast Off. Well I have a very good explanation why I left him off. I forgot or maybe I never thought he was a flamethrower. With a name like Blast Off I always thought he was Countdown’s Partner. 3-2-1 Blast Off. I always thought he was an Astronaut. He looks like that is what he should have been. He does have a really cool look to him and I love the Helmet.
I think the spring loaded projectile is supposed to be his flamethrower, but I’m not sure. I guess outside of that he has no Flamethrower, this is part of the reason why I thought he was an astronaut. After looking at his file card his secondary specialty is firefighting. In fact he was the top firefighter and was hired to start controlled fires on things like Cobra bases. I think a better name for him would have been Backfire or the Australian term ‘Back Burn’, which is a controlled fire to contain the fire you are trying to extinguish.
This seems a little more fitting, then they could have made Blast Off a really cool Astronaut. Oh well just my 2 cents worth. Who else thinks Blast Off doesn’t fit the profile? Sound off and let us know AFTER THE JUMP! Be sure to check back for our next discussion.