Destro (1993 Hall of Fame)
Who would have guessed that Destro would finally be unmasked as an action figure in the twelve inch format? I was all-in for the Hall of Fame series at its time of release. One the small-scale Joes left retail, I continued to collect older twelve inch Joes as well as the new Classic Collection (with much improved articulation, by the way!)
The figure is ostentatiously outfitted, befitting the over the top personality of the weapons dealer. The larger scale format gave Hasbro the opportunity to ramp up the details in a way that’s not possible at a smaller size. The bodysuit fabric features an intricate pattern that adds a level of extra depth to the uniform. Other elements, like embroidered stripes, embellish the outfit. His accessories are personalized, and I particularly like the portrait and logo sculpted into the knife and scabbard. Even Destro’s belt has his name printed on it. Now that is some serious self-promotion.
The main focus of any Destro figure is bound to be the mask. In this case, the mask is nicely sized while being removable. The portrait underneath is unique for the Hall of Fame series, and I’m glad Hasbro made the effort. Destro has the appropriate kind of commanding and aloof presence you’d expect. If there’s a downside overall, it’s the stiff articulation of the Hall of Fame body under the uniform.