Here he is. Probably the most anticipated figure in the 50th Anniversary offerings. First seen at JoeCon as part of Hasbro’s concept case display, a new Destro has been on many fans’ wish lists for a remake. How does he measure up against previous modern versions? First off, he’s pretty large. Like Leatherneck, he towers over figures from earlier in the modern construction style’s history. Not a big deal, as even the original Destro was taller than other figures.
The element I found most alluring about the figure was the attention given to the mask. Finally, there’s a modern Destro that gets the mask right. Older versions looked too smooth, like a human face sculpt that had simply been vac-metalized. This one gets really close to the original card art, with hard edged lines, and a dour expression. This figure’s visage really takes me back to those first few Marvel comic issues in which he appeared. In fact, the rest of the body, in terms of the sculpt, just looks “right.”
The only gripe comes in the fit of the hips and knees. The hips look a bit small to accommodate the ball joints. This makes for, at least in my example, some very loose legs right out of the package. I wonder if this is also due to the plastic quality, as the knees also seem thin and flimsy. Very odd.
Destro didn’t get shorted on accessories, and for the first time, the modular gun from the 1983 figure’s backpack is brought to full life. The pieces all fit well within the briefcase, and a few even plug in to stay in place. When fully built, the rifle is impressive, and the figure can actually wield it pretty well. An excellent little extra touch for an “Ultimate” version of Destro.