Clutch was my favorite character in the early Marvel comics issues. Rather than a cookie cutter personality, he was a colorful and opinionated (to put it mildly) presence among his teammates. His back and forth with his comrades made for the kind of character interaction that drew me into the world.
As a figure, he’s also unique. It would have been easy I suppose to throw a character with a more generic looking uniform behind the wheel of the VAMP, but Clutch was outfitted with a unique chest holster rather than the strap combos more common to his comrades. Although parts reuse was common in the first two years of the line, Clutch’s torso wasn’t given to other figures. Sure, Breaker and Rock N’ Roll shared a head mold with him, but his characterization was such that I didn’t really care. Looking back, I have to wonder if the bearded ’82 Joes were a throwback to the Adventure Team era.
I never had my figure very far from his ride. Clutch and the VAMP were and still are inseparable. The man is a true gearhead.