Hey everyone, say hello to my Cobra Infiltrate Jinx!
Astute readers will note that my figure looks a bit different from the one in our database. That's because I didn't get my figure at the 1993 G.I. Joe convention. I got mine at a little toy show in Burbank around 1999 or 2000. The year is a bit fuzzy to me now, but the rest of the details are not. This was a G.I. Joe toy show put on by James DeSimone, the type that still go on today.
Mr. DeSimone put on the 1993 G.I. Joe convention, as well as a few more. The figure you see here I bought directly from him. I fished her out of a gallon size plastic bag full of o-ring-less Jinxes with Cobra logos on their torsos. Yes, the entire bag was filled with unassembled convention Jinxes.
Now, traditionally, these convention Jinx figures feature black gloves and shoes. I'm told that a simple black sharpie applied to my figure will authentically rectify that difference. I could buy Jinx's 1987 staff off of ebay - after all, it's the exact same accessory this convention figure is supposed to have. These two easy fixes would leave me only missing her cloak.
But I prefer to leave my figure as-is. The question that this raises is this: is this a legitimate variation? I got it from the guy who makes them, after all. Or would you even call the convention Jinx a true convention figure? For me, I think of these as figure oddities. Neat to have, but not necessary to collect. The same would apply to the Police Officer (a repainted Starduster) and the Race Car Driver (a touched-up Ace).
All I know is that this leaves a lot of questions on how exactly I'm supposed to archive my Jinx. Incidentally, for those who care, she has the blue logo variant.