Wednesday, June 5, 2019

GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone

GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone
Yes, I used to be a man. 
To be perfectly honest we cannot explain why GI Joe's Dia-Tone - who was male in the comics and the original cartoons - became a woman. 

Though we do like the gender-bend. We cannot find how exactly the two are related. We have the original female Dial-tone released by Toys R US in the Desert Troop Builder five pack, but we weren't happy with her very "base"look.
So we made our own. 

Originally we started building her out of her Toys R Us version, but we weren't happy because she was just so... basic.

So we decided to look to Marauders/Valkyries, to create our female fighting communications officer.


This is the base figure:
GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone
Dial-Tone's tools of war
  • We wanted something sexy, but not too sexy so we took a black t-shirt bare arms torso for the figure. 
  • The lower torso is pure camouflage
  • We close a dark haired figure to match the original Dial-Tone's dark hair, and decided that there was no problem with growing it out a little. 
  • We then gave her a tactical helmet and attached night-vision googles to her.
  • Gave her a neck scarf
  • We then gave her a tactical vest and filled that with magazine pouches, a single utility pouch and a piece of armor over where her heart should be - in hindsight another pouch or more ammo would have been better.
  • Marauders had a radio pack, but we think that this is from back from the Vietnam war era and isn't quite a modern radio. But it'll do for now. 
  • We then armed her with a custom M4 carbine, a knife and... well we gave her a MAC 10 as a sidearm (Probably not a good idea)
  • Last but not the least, we gave her sunglasses from a discarded Baroness figure. 
Overall... well we like her. We're not sure about the practicality of some of our choices, but we think she turned out alright. 

Here's our custom Dial-tone just standing around:

GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone
Do you know what a Dial-Tone is?
Here are some close-ups - note how she's fine even with the long-hair:

Really loving those shades.

Here are some action poses:

GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-ToneGI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone

Drop her primary weapon:

Our only real issue is the communications gear. We were hoping that Marauders/Valkyries had comm-gear for the tactical helmet, they do not. They have comm-gear for pilot's helmets but not for tactical ones (As of this writing).

Still. We love her.

GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone
GI Joe - Marauder/Valkyrie Custom Dial-Tone
So how would you build yours?

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