Look upon Arctic Destro, a symbol of frustration that represented the sometimes poor distribution of the Pursuit of Cobra line. 2009 to 2010 was a time of feast to famine for a Joe collector. Going from the wealth of movie product on shelves to the delay of the follow-up line’s launch to its subsequent sporadic appearance raised my ire. After the initial wave, this Destro hung on the pegs seemingly forever, holding for ransom collectors’ hopes for a restock of new product. In my area, this Destro was still on the shelves into the time of the 30th anniversary line. This figure was so inescapable, I ran across one at a flea market the same day after seeing one at Target. Maybe it was all an ironic joke by Hasbro–overproduce an arctic figure to be a peg-warmer. Now that a little time has past, I can look at this figure without contempt.
An arctic themed Destro was a figure I’d wanted since I saw him wearing a stylish coat in the Sunbow cartoon movie. The figure eschews the typical snow parka for a more modern stylized padded jacket. Wait a minute, why would a man who wears a steel helmet need a hood? Now that I think of it, does he need goggles either? Oh well, it’s just a toy, I should really just relax.
I don’t normally like washes and oversprays on figures, but the snow and frost effects are very well done. The only problem is that the goggles, when left on the forehead, can cause the white “frost” to chip off. I like to think of mine as a partially defrosted variant.
The accessories are what really push my buttons. The clip-on ice adds a little bit of play value to a line that at times seemed too collector centered. The water squirting weapon adds even more fun. Throw in an ice auger (that could double as an awesome post-hole digger for combat engineer Tollbooth) and you’ve got a winner in my book, regardless of how well he warmed the pegs.