Mayhem Trooper (Black Major)

Specialized Cobra troopers didn’t really become a part of the enemy forces until 1985’s Eels, Snow Serpents and Tele-Vipers. I often look back at the early Marvel comics issues and pick out the variant troopers that Herb Trimpe and Mike Vosburg came up with and wonder if someone will ever make custom versions of these guys. The 2000s comic packs

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Desert Scorpion Guard (Black Major)

Black Major has long cornered the market for Cobra trooper variants. From basic infantry to the elite troops, his customs run the gamut from environmental specialists to Cobra sub-teams, and has even branched into 1984 Storm Shadow and Night Vipers. All look pretty cool in a rainbow of unique colors that Hasbro never made. Crimson Guards in a desert theater

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Ultimate New Sculpt Duke

Back when the Built to Rule sets were released, I found many of the figures had some interesting parts that could be reused for customs. Hollow Point comes to mind first, as his head was a great stand-in for a modern Rock N’ Roll. Many Joe fans modified the BTR guys in order to remove the LEGO-like studs from arms

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Urban Shadow (2016 Black Major)

The mysterious Black Major has produced a veritable rainbow of variants to the classic Storm Shadow. Some have been based on rarities like Ninja Ku or Satan, and others have been true custom uniform designs. I’m a sucker for environment specific repaints, so the desert, jungle and urban schemes have been easy faves for me. Stormy had an official Hasbro

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Serpentor Unofficial Minifigure

The hits keep on coming with the recent spate of unofficial GI Joe-based minifigures. I’ve been smitten with the entire assortment, and am hopeful we’ll see more. Who knows with the wild world of knock-off minifigures? Serpy is a challenging character to produce in minifig form, considering his unique helmet, cowl and costume design. The Kreon version adopted a helmet

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