Special thanks to @gi_shark for posting newly discovered head sculpts by way of Leo Law on Facebook! Torch’s head as well as what looks like Alpine can be seen in the image below. Alpine was announced as a name only reveal during the GI Joe Classified Series panel at New York Comic Con 2023. Torch will continue the line of Dreadnocks, as we already have Zartan, Zarana, Buzzer and Ripper. Gnawgahyde, recently announced during the Hasbro Pulse Con 2023 , was yet another head sculpt was also discovered and will be yet another addition to the team of Dreadnocks! Check that one out on our other article: Night Creeper, Gnawgahyde, Airborne, & Ferret Scout GI Joe Classified Series Protypes Discovered. So let’s take a look at these Torch and Alpine GI Joe Classified Series head sculpts that were discovered!
Torch has been pipeline revealed during SDCC 2023 We are always exciting to see new Dreadnoks coming to the Classified Series as they are one of the most unique characters in a faction. Roel was spot on with designing the figure with his classic vest and he even added some chains around the shoulders that makes the vest completely pop! His facial hair and head sculpt are updated as he also gave him a more modern pair of sunglasses. The weapons are resued from the vintage figure as we are guessing he would come packed with that black tubing that was made for the GI Joe Classified Series Barbecue.
According to Joepedia, If Buzzer is the smart aleck of the Dreadnoks, then Torch is the witless stooge of the team. Not quite smart (he’s illiterate!) and never really aspiring to be anything higher, Torch only does what he is told. To that effect, he is valuable not for his brains but for his penchant for sudden and unexpected violence. Perhaps, his only bright spot is his skill with the acetylene torch which he has modified into an actual functioning flamethrower weapon. Torch was a juvenile delinquent who joined the merchant marines and became a sure hand with a cutting torch. With that knowledge, he began running chop shops, gutting and remodeling stolen cars, sometimes getting too carried away with his work and transforming a hot car into a smoldering scrap pile. A former member of the Melbourne Maulers, he joined the Dreadnoks after the latter gang absorbed the former. A stupid, unrepentant thug, he is tolerated by the others for his skill in motorcycle repair.
Torch’s file card comes in 3 flavors, two of them being a light peach and a darker peach and the classic gray color the file cards were transitioned to. His file card reads, “Subject was remanded to Borstal* at age fourteen. Escaped and went to sea in the Merchant Marine where he learned the use of the cutting torch. Later rode with the Melbourne Maulers M.C.**Torch is an illiterate, unrepentant thug whose penchant for sudden and unexpected violence is matched only by the utter depth of his stupidity. Specialty and M.O.***: Works with Oxy-Acetylene torch as a general cutter mostly on remodeling stolen cars and occasional safe crackings. Scavenges the swamps for fun and profit.
Torch Custom Concept
Here is another incredible custom concept from the talented @YoJoeARAH to show you what this figure might look like when it is actually produce!
A new name only reveal dropped at the GI Joe Classified Series panel during New York Comic Con 2023, and that was Alpine! Alpine has always been one of the classic Joes and the Roel nailed the render for his head sculpt! We don’t see many Joes with baseball caps and I am imagining that this hat could be removable. He is also rendered with a realistic rope across his chest, very similar to the Shipwreck was made in the Classified Series. The coloring on his is a little darker than the vintage figure but it’s a great look nonetheless! Below is an incredible custom render done by a very talented individual Roel Robles! If you want to check out more of his work, take a look at our Future GI Joe Classified Series Figure Concepts article.
We also have an incredible custom by YoJoeARAH of Alpine to give us a better idea of what the actual figure will look like.
Alpine has always been one of the classic Joes and the fun factor was all of climbing gear he came with. Alpine came with a tan mountain pack, a black GR8-88 grappling launch line, a black Barretta SMG-12 submachine gun, a black climbing axe, and two black grappling hooks connected by black string.
His bio reads’ “From the middle of the flat dusty Snake River Plain where Alpine was born he could see the mountains on the horizon in almost every direction like a physical barrier between him and the world he wanted. He took up mountain climbing during college and continued as a recreational climber during his brief tenure as an accountant for a large publishing firm. The G.I. Joe team gave Alpine the most hazardous of all conditions: With COBRA shooting at him! Graduated Ranger School, Fort Benning. Qualified Expert: M-16, M-14, M-60, M1911A1. The quote on his file card reads, “Every time Alpine scales a sheer cliff face piton by piton, overcoming granite and gravity with muscle and persistance, he is symbolically climbing out of the quagmire of his past. That’s why we send him up first on vertical assaults. He doesn’t take to being knocked down too easily.”