PROFIT DIRECTOR DESTRO
G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
Remember when Destro was pretty fliggity-fly for a chome-headed guy? No? Yeah, that’s fair, because that’s totally a phrase I just made up, and if I’m honest, I’m kinda regretting it just a touch. It’s okay, let’s just move on and not dwell. Today, I get to touch on one of my favorite things: weird toy production trivia and oddities! Yes, today’s focus figure has a definite story behind it, going back to the year 1997. The 3 3/4 scale Joes had taken a 3-year break, and Hasbro was looking to attempt a relaunch of the line. The result was the Real American Hero Collection, a collection of mistakes, mishaps, and misfortune that somehow still managed to be an overall success and bring the line back. Interspersed with all the madness that surrounded the project, Hasbro was still trying to inject at least *some* new life into the franchise, and subsequently brought in some outside artists to try and spruce up some of the mainstays with some new color schemes. Amongst these new designs was one for Destro, which replaced his usual black and red number with something more…exotic? Okay, look, you’ve seen the picture at the top, I don’t need to beat around the bush: it’s leopard print. They gave Destro leopard print. What began as more of a jokey concept on the part of artist Steve Masso actually managed to get approved and go into production…briefly. Once a few people higher up on the Hasbro chain saw the design, this new Destro design was deemed a step too far, and the leopard print was replaced with black on the final production figure. A small sample of the original design, dubbed Pimp Daddy Destro by the fanbase, managed to make it out, however, and the whole thing has become rather legendary in the Joe community. Hasbro paid its first bit of official homage to the design as a SDCC-exclusive in 2007, and is now following that up by bringing the design into their latest re-launch of the line, with a figure I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Profit Director Destro (rather clever way of getting an official take on the name on Hasbro’s part) is a fan channel-exclusive Classified Series offering, numbered at 15 in the line, making him chronologically the latest figure in the line. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. At his core, this figure is the same as the standard Destro from Series 1, which is pretty sensible, since PD Destro’s always been a repaint. It’s also a really strong sculpt through and through, so I’m not unhappy to see it show up again. He does actually spruce things up a little bit more than the prior two versions of this design, gaining a fairly swank cape. Oh wait, did I say cape? I meant capes, plural, because he’s got not one, but two fur capes going on there. It’s definitely a fun piece, and manages to actually stay in place quite securely once you’ve got it one there, and definitely adds to the whole look. The rest of the appearance has been achieved through paint work. There were a lot of smaller detail changes on the body suit of the main Destro, and so this figure kind of adapts the PD color scheme around them. The main red of the body suit is definitely more present this time around, and the leopard print is slightly more downplayed. Also, much like the variant edition of the 2007 release, he swaps the silver helmet for a gold one. It calls back to his V2 design, and it actually works a bit better with the overall color scheme of this design. Destro’s pretty decently packed when it comes to accessories, including the briefcase and pistol from the standard release, as well as a pair of sunglasses and a stack of money that’s been lit ablaze. The last two extras are definitely the coolest ones, as they perfectly complement the overall over the top nature of this design. I dig the vibe.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m a sucker for cool toy history throw-backs, and I was always kind of bummed that I’d missed out on the ’07 edition of this design. As soon as this one was shown off, I was definitely on board. Obviously, he’s not going to be my standard Destro by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s a really fun little side figure, and he’s got a really fun design.
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