G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
At the mid-way point of this new set of Joe reviews, we’re breaking from the Joes themselves and taking a look at their opposition. Of course, it’s not a hard line Cobra member, but instead Destro, a mercenary arms dealer who has the potential to fall on either side of the conflict. He’s gonna fall on Cobra’s side, because that’s how he always do, but there’s that option there, right? That keeps things fun and funky fresh, right? Sure, let’s go with that. Onto the figure review!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Destro is figure 03 in the G.I. Joe: Classified Series line-up, and is so far the line’s lone villain, though he will be joined by a number of others in the coming months. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. With all of the shifting designs with this new line, Destro stands out, actually being a pretty darn straight update of his original ’83 design. All of the core design elements are maintained, with the metal head, the chained pendant, the open collar, and the general layout of his costume’s major details. The updates to this particular design amount to adding some extra piping to the bodysuit and a few differently textured patches to the shoulders. It all amounts to rather minor changes to the overall aesthetic of that classic design. The sculpt is definitely a strong offering, with sharp and bold line-work, and some really well rendered features on the mask in particular. The texturing on the outfit is also really well implemented, keeping things intriguing, while still saying overall pretty basic. Destro’s paintwork is all pretty solid, and is probably the best to come out of this particular assortment. It’s crisp and clean, and there’s just enough small pops of color to keep him from looking too drab on the shelf. The silver paint for the helmet works quite well, and I like the minor shifts from grey to black. In terms of accessories, Destro includes two guns, one larger, one smaller, and a briefcase with a Cobra computer and some stacks of money on the interior. The larger gun and the case replicate the original Destro’s accessories quite nicely, and the additional gold pistol is a rather fun piece, that can easily be stowed in the holster on his side. The only slight downside to the accessories is that the larger gun ended up a little too large to fit into the case, which would have been a nice storage option.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Destro was the last of the first series figures we got a preview on, and I honestly never formed all that much of an opinion on him. He’s here. He’s nice. He’s a good recreation of the classic design, and that’s definitely cool. It just doesn’t give me quite as much to say about him, honestly. But, hey, he is a good figure, so there’s that.