Big Brawler (2004)
When we last left Big Brawler, he had ventured to India and picked up a samurai sword, laser gun, tight yellow t-shirt and Ambush’s impressive muttonchops. Now he’s back, and apparently he’s raided Salvo’s footlocker. I suppose I should backtrack a bit and mention that this isn’t the first time Mr. Big had worn an outfit like this. He was part of the Toys R Us Tiger Force set, and also in another Tiger Force homage get-up in one of the Spy Troops assortments. I’m still a bit miffed that a cool figure like Tiger Force Outback’s image was sullied by a yahoo like the Brawler. Why couldn’t he have picked someone whose image I didn’t care about, like, oh I don’t know, what would be appropriate alternative character name to base Brawler on? Hey, I got it, Skidmark!
I kid Big Brawler, and truth be told, I do like the shirt on this one. It’s very Daktari. If I ever do a Nice Shirt Week, he would qualify. Then again, maybe this Brawler is the first member of a new GI Joe sub-team: Zebra Force. In the intervening years between the Real American Hero Collection and Valor Vs. Venom, the Impressively-Sized Ruckus also paid a visit to Hair Club for Men, since he now has a pretty impressive coiffure, courtesy 1991 Low-Light. Dangit! Is there no end to the cool molds that will be bastardized to bring us new versions if this goombah? I swear if they ever do a modern version of Big B., they’ll probably use bits of 30th anniversary Storm Shadow.
I suppose if anybody besides Salvo could get away with wearing bandoliers on his legs, it’s El Grande Brawlero. He’s also apparently taken the time and effort to paint them with the same camo pattern as his pants. In the end, they’re very nice, in a way that only he can pull off. I give him a lot of grief, but he’s lovable in a way, and I miss the big lug. Maybe he’ll show up again someday. Until then, brawl on, Big Brawler. You’ll never brawl alone.