You wouldn’t know this was an Iron Grenadier trooper from his looks. Black and gold are usually the colors one thinks of in regards to Destro’s forces. But I’m all for a splash of color and flash from time to time. So is Destro, apparently. Some of the Iron Grenadier bling is on display here, from the gold braids on the chest to the apparent IG symbol on the belt buckle.
Helicopter backpacks are not something I’d normally think would add anything to the coolness factor of a figure. When you strap a propeller to someone’s back, things can get silly very quickly. Just ask India’s Windmill. With the Annihilators however, the inherent silliness of a flying backpack meshes well with the figure. In fact, I think that the figure actually gains something with the pack on.
As Destro’s elite troops, they are certainly impressive, especially in light of the file card bio. When these guys sign up to be Annihilators, part of their training includes becoming hard-sell telephone solicitors for Desto’s arms business. That’s pretty effective training to provide for elite troops, as I’ve dealt with some pretty ruthless cold-callers in the past–and that was just some dude trying to sell siding. Imagine what it takes to call up your average despotic ruler out of the blue and convince him that he “needs” several dozen nuclear capable surface-to-air missiles. Brutal.