Black Dragon (1995)
A blond martial artist on a GI Joe team? Where have I seen that before? He’s got an Asian sounding name as well. I don’t quite get what’s going on there, but a blonde martial artist could be considered Extreme on some level. What’s also Extreme is his weapon. Look at that thing. It’s really kind of a mess. It actually looks more than a little Ninja Turtley (is that a word?) and is part of his main gimmick. You see, both of his hands spin at the wrist. Then there’s a little wheel on his back that sends both hands flailing wildly. When you stick his katana and nunchaku onto his multi-flail mace thingamijig, it makes for a whirring golden ninja wheel of death. I’m a sucker for action features, when they’re integrated well, and they work, but Black Dragon’s spinning hands won’t stay still when the weapons are in them. They just kind of droop. Bummer.
The sculpt is all over the place, like much of the rest of the Extreme line. The sculpting is soft, dull and simplistic, akin to the early Toy Biz Marvel figures. It actually looks cheap in a way. It’s a really disappointing toy, in the end. If you didn’t know anything about the Extreme cast of characters, you might think it was some schlub from Wildcats or any other 90s comic book toy lines. You certainly wouldn’t mistake it for Snake Eyes.