BUCKs (2005 Lanard Corps!)
Lanard’s Corps! line broke its figures off into several sub-groups for a bit in the 2000’s (where have we seen that before?) There were the WASPs, an air based group; the ROOS, a rapid response team; the ORCAs, a group of water operations specialists; and the BUCKs, a bio nuclear containment squad. Two of the figures in this group were outfitted in a sort of bio hazard uniform that also resembles bomb squad gear.
This particular figure doesn’t quite ring to me as a heroic character. Maybe it’s the paint job, but this guy looks like a villain. He even has what looks like a scar on his right eye, usually a sure sign of villainry. The uniform is a wild mix of blue with strange airbrushed streaks. A variation of this odd paint scheme was repeated in some of the other sub-teams. Here, it just further cements the figure in my mind as a villain. The odd helmet and strange orange highlight gives off a menacing air as well. Overall, I also get a Jack Kirby vibe off this figure. Maybe it’s the build, and that strange helmet. The pattern on the helmet reminds me of the “Kirby Dots” that he often used to portray superheroic energy.
My villain theory was borne out when this body was later used as Ravage, the leader of the Marauders, the Corps! line’s first official villains. I had wondered since the 80’s where the bad guys were. Sure took a while, didn’t it?