One of my favorite aspects of the 2009 movie line was the Toys R Us exclusive figure series. It gave us some straight repaints, a few new combinations of 25th anniversary parts, and also one brand new character.
Barbecue falls into the straight repaint category. The 25th anniversary mold has been done up in a more movie reminiscent style. I would have preferred if they had tied it in closer to the movie figures by using the movie’s camo pattern rather than the pale yellow here, but it’s not too bad as it is.
Barbecue was one of the characters I took a liking to back in 1985, mainly because of the card art. When a new figure came out, I remember staring at the tiny illustrations on the new year’s cardbacks, marveling at all the other new characters that I’d hopefully be seeing in stores soon.
Unfortunately, the vintage figure itself didn’t totally live up to the card art, especially the helmet and slanted shoulders. The 25th anniversary version remedied that, giving us a flatter, more angular sculpt that closely resembled the original painting on the packaging.The modular accessories of the 25th style also allowed for a separate piece of shoulder armor rather than the molded version seen on the old figure.
Of course, you can never go wrong with Barbecue’s extinguisher (with old school hose!) and a big honkin’ axe, which were thankfully included with this version.