Destro (2006 Sigma 6)
Destro has always been a villain with a (shiny) head for totalitarian high fashion. Not that his sense of it is grounded at all in the real world, but you have to credit him with being bold. In the world of Sigma 6, bold is a good fit.
The enemy weapons supplier dresses to impress in a blue/grey rather than the usual black outfit, however the jacket retains his signature high collar. His pants are molded on, which creates an odd sort of look, almost akin to the old schoolboy outfits common to the early 20th century. Maybe it’s the high boots, but to me they look like shortpants. I’ve seen a few customs over the years that have given him the pants from the later bank robber Destro, or one of the other cloth pants wearing Sigma Sixers, like Heavy Duty.
In all seriousness, Destro is a good fit for a redesign into the Sigma style, and his design elements make the transition to the style very well. I have no problem with classic looks getting a makeover from time to time. The angular style of the series really works well with Destro’s chrome mask. I think his shiny visage is more menacing than ever in this form. Look at those red eyes. Amazing.
Accessories were a large part of the draw for Sigma 6, and Destro’s specialty makes him a natural for an inclusion of interesting gear. Instead of a briefcase/backpack, he’s got a briefcase. This is a marvelously engineered accessory. It’s not only detailed, but very functional. On the inside are various denominations of cash. Who says that the Pursuit of Cobra Destro did this first, by the way? This is the original Moneybags Destro.
The case also houses a submachine gun that integrates into the handle. My only problem with this is the fact that the case won’t stay together for Destro to hold once the gun is removed. If that’s not enough action in one accessory, it’s also a built-in laptop. A little outdated now, but hey, it was 2006.
It wouldn’t be Destro without some kind of advanced weaponry, and he’s toting a dual-missile launcher. From a pure play perspective this is what the Sigma line really nailed. The larger scale was perfect for more easily integrated shooting and action weapons. The 8 inch figures could, for the most part, actually hold them without falling over.
Doing this daily blog thing is a real slog sometimes–well, as much of a slog as something that’s not actually work can be. The vintage figures always have a special place in my heart, and they’re a joy to cover, but some are more interesting than others. However, every time I grab up a Sigma 6 figure to snap some photos, I have a lot of fun.