Conrad “Duke” Hauser (2011)
Now this is one heavily armed Duke. Brandishing something that looks more akin to Heavy Duty or Salvo, the Joe team’s top sergeant is loaded for bear. Interestingly enough, if you take the gargantuan plasma cannon system off, there’s not much of an indication that it’s intended for this figure. Other than the chest armor, he’s not wearing protective gear like Fast Draw, another walking gun platform. The poor guy doesn’t even have a helmet.
For me, this is another of the more versatile and playable GI Joe figures in recent memory. The uniform is nicely designed with a little bit of a near future edge, without looking like it came out of a galaxy far, far away. Much like the Resolute multi-pack Duke, this version looks stern and determined, a far cry from the grin of the 80s.
If the jungle Duke was the Predator homage, this one appears to pay tribute to Aliens. He’s even carrying a familiar looking pulse rifle. Said rifle plugs into his rocket launcher as well, for the ultimate in weapon portability. That’s just too cool.