Big Brawler (2003 Tiger Force)
I covered the variant (or is this the variant?) version of this figure in a haiku post a long while ago. I think he deserves a more standard entry this time around. After all, he’s somewhat of a legend.
For me, the mystery of Big Brawler only deepened with the Toys R Us Tiger Force exclusive release. His initial figure was basically Outback with Christopher Lowell’s head. I can only assume that Hasbro didn’t want to sully the legacy of the Joe team’s survivalist with such a goofy head sculpt. The Outback body was replaced with Salvo’s, a move that I think makes good sense. He’s wearing a T-shirt, and looks like he has a solid build. For the head, 1991 Low Light fits the bill well, although he appears to be more well groomed than the 1987 Outback. Brawler certainly cuts a more dashing look with the nicely coiffed hair than his 2001 version’s receding hairline.
Since this variant features dark hair rather than red, I’d use this as a proper follow-up to the original Brawler. So what’s the other in my Joe-verse? I have to say he’s the Earth-2 Big Brawler, a pale-skinned ginger version of Earth-1’s Outback. It’s a timeline in which his hair didn’t turn white, and he wasn’t given a cute looking tiger t-shirt.