Friday, April 5, 2013

Codename: Freestyle, the first GI Joe figure of Dominican origin

I present to you the newest member of the famous GI Joe franchise: code name "Freestyle". Freestyle joins other legendary characters from the series like Snake Eyes, Duke, Flint, Lady Jade and Scarlett. The aventures of this elite team have been immortalized by Larry Hama in the Marvel comic book series and the recent new edition of IDW. The Joes have achieved international upturn thanks to the success of the recent movie, GI Joe: Retaliation, with revenues of 51M dollars in the United States and in foreign 82M.

The "real" Identity of Freestyle is Jocelyn De La Vega, the first GI Joe figure of Dominican origin. He joined the Air Force after being inspired since childhood by the acrobatic maneuvers of his father, a taxi driver in New York. As always, presumably for legal reasons, Jocelyn is not related to any real-life person and any similarity is just a coincidence. However it is known that the creator of the mythology of G.I. Joe, Larry Hama, used his fellow soldiers in Vietnam and Korea as inspiration. Possibly Jocelyn was based on Maria Tejada Quintana captain who holds the title of being the first fighter pilot in the Dominican Republic. I leave it to the reader's imagination any opinion after seeing the photos of the captain and Jocelyn.

Jocelyn uses a uniform similar to that of the Dominican Air Force and also has his helmet painted with the flag of the Dominican Republic.

This figure is exclusive and limited to only 1000 at the annual  G.I. Joe Collectors Club Convention  currently being held in Indianapolis.

Thanks to the organizers of the 2013 G.I. Joe Collectors Club Convention, this is a recognition of Dominican women and our country!

More photos of the Freestyle figure:

More photos of Capitan Tejada: