When you think of Destro, the image of the stoic silver mask and red collared black jacket probably are the first things that come to mind. You may also think of wrist rockets, and maybe a cool backpack case filled with weaponry. How would you feel about a Destro figure if most of those iconic elements were reinterpreted?
Although the 2002 relaunch had its share of controversy among collectors, I have always given it credit just for at least trying something a little different in terms of the GI Joe line’s look. Destro has a more sci-fi bent than his previous incarnations. The grimacing mask has always reminded me of a Terminator skull, but the oddest bit about Destro’s mask–the exposed ears. What’s going on here? Whatever the case, this is a techno Destro, with some comic book super-villain style mixed in.
This Destro, like the other first wave figures, was never refitted with an o-ring. I find that a shame, as there are some intriguing figures in that initial assortment that I think would get more use in my collection had they utilized the standard articulation. As it stands,
there’s a certain charm to the first series of the relaunch era’s figures.
When things went back to the o-ring shortly after the debut figures were released, I give Hasbro further credit for sticking to their guns when it came to reinterpreting the characters we’d come to know through the years. Destro wasn’t immediately redesigned to look like his 1983 self, in fact, over the next few years, Destro would get more redesigns, both of which were even more interesting departures from the norm.