Hasbro made the first Flint figure in 1985. He was released through 1986 with no figure modifications. What is notable is that the figure features a 1985 date stamp on the mold.
In 1988, Hasbro repainted Flint in Tiger Force colors and released him for that one year. This figure included an updated 1988 date stamp on the figure's legs.
Subsequent to this, Hasbro also produced Flint figures for release in Europe under the Action Force line and in Japan.
|Takara (Japanese) Flint Release|
Flint's first appearance was in Brazil. Here, the figure was released as Muralha. He was colored very similarly to the American version. Overall, he has a darker green hue and his accessories are in the Brazilian Green color that is common to Estrela figures. This figure also features a prominent 1988 date stamp.
After the Brazilian release, Flint started to appear on the final cardbacks for Plastirama figures in Argentina. However, Flint was not actually released there. The line was either cancelled or Plastirama never actually got the Flint mold. But, his appearance is an interesting turn in what was planned.
Around 1993 or 1994, Hasbro planned to release Flint in China. The packaging was prepared with the original Flint artwork (in Tiger Force colors as the original had been painted over). However, since the mold was gone, they could not use it. Instead, they created an exclusive figure from existing molds and released it in China in colors nearly identical to the Tiger Force Flint. The Chinese Flint (AKA Tiger Force Falcon) is a great way to get the Flint artwork with a high quality figure. Plus, they tend to be really cheap.
Finally, the mold was sent to India. Here, Funskool started producing Flint figures in the 1990's. The mold they used was the 1988 date stamped version. Though, Funskool made an attempt to blot it out. During these initial runs, Flint had several variants on his am construction. He used arms from both the 1992 Roadblock mold as well as the 1986 Zandar mold. At some point in the late 1990's, Funskool stopped producing Flint figures.
In 2002, though, Funskool resurrected the Flint mold. He was released as both a carded figure and as a bagged vehicle driver pack in figure. Funskool ran several different runs of Flint figures. Often changing out parts and modifying the colors during 2002 - 2004. Flint was released with upper arms from Blocker, Blaster and Roadblock. You can see some major color differences in the various variants in the photos below. In April of 2003, Hasbro re-acquired 18 molds from Funskool. Flint was among them. (The Blocker arm variant was the final production run in 2003 and was only available bagged.) Once Hasbro had the mold back, the began to use it again.
|Funskool (India) Flint Variants|
|Hasbro (US) Flint, Muralha (Brazilian), Funskool (India) Flint|
Large quantities of "unproduced" Night Force samples were sold to American collectors in the mid-2000's. The major difference is that the figures feature all white pants.
Hasbro used the mold again in 2005. This time, the figure was given a new head in a Comic Pack. The rest of the body was the standard Flint, but the colors were similar to the original version. The Comic Pack was widely clearanced and is generally unpopular with collectors.
The final appearance of Flint was when Master Collector used his head for two convention figures in 2010. These heads were put on 1993 Duke bodies. They are solid figures, but would have likely been better received were they full V1 Flint repaints.
In all, there are a lot of Flint figures for a collector to track down. There are not any "out there" repaints that are often associated with foreign Joe releases. But, the differences are great and plentiful enough that fans of the mold and character can spend a lot of time searching for.