Destro’s Vines (2008)
The Revenge of Cobra was filled with new and entertaining GI Joe characters. Among my favorite Joe additions like Flint, Lady Jaye and Shipwreck were a number of Cobras. Chief among the new baddies was an intriguing antagonist that confounded the Joes upon their first meeting. As a kid having watched the mini-series over and over, this same character was one that I’d wanted to see in action figure form. I’m speaking of course about Destro’s deadly creeper vines.
My wishes were answered when the first DVD battle pack was released in 2008. Included with Roadblock in a recreation of his run-in with Destro’s homicidal salad bowl, it is a funtastic accessory. The vines can entrap any figure, from Cobra Commander, to Zartan, Roadblock and Flint. Unlike its cartoon counterpart, these vines will not dry up due to lack of water.
I have to say that Destro showed some supernatural levels of preparedness when he seeded the exact area that the Joes’ Skystrikers would fly through. Too bad he didn’t also predict the McGyverish levels of ingenuity and knowledge of engineering, mechanics and aerodynamics displayed by a heavy machine gunner, warrant officer and dog handler in their escape from the vines in the aptly named Pit of Chaos.
My hope now is that Hasbro will see fit to release a version of the vines done in the modern Pursuit of Cobra/30th anniversary style. Imagine the added detail! Maybe they can also add in a rootstock swivel or some mid-trunk articulation.
HA! Funny review.
Something like this might be better for April Fool’s Day. Montezuma’s skeleton, I can understand. Destro’s Vine,…eh, kinda stretching it. But I’ll still read the blog entry. ^_^
Speaking of April Fool’s Day, the ‘Pyramid of Darkness’ DVD Battle Set did come with a Control Cube…
I’m all about stretching it with this blog. Wait till you see this year’s Turkey Day entry. 🙂
If you wanna get retentive, they’re was RoC release. They were nano-vines that came with the Nano-Viper, so they’ve sort of gotten a modern-era rehash…;) I smiled when I saw you were reviewing these today. While I enjoyed the mini-series, I was kind of surprised the DVD pack went out of its way to create something as unusaul at this for its figures.
I totally love this review! Nearly collapsed laughing when I saw it. But in all reality, and you make a compelling review. They were indeed a central character, and deserve plastic immortalization
They are good accessories for dioramas
I’m gonna do an Acer. Not only was this vine in the DVD pack, it was also colored purple and shipped with the Defense of Cobra Island 7-pack. The “vine” was also included with the club excllusive Dr.Venom, along with the man-eating plant.
I’ve not seen the episode and never got the DVD pack but bizarrely I’d like to get some vines…
But, for real, how did they resist casting the vine out of rubber and making it bendy?
[insert hentai joke here]
BTW do you think Hasbro should do another figure set from the series; featuring Mutt, Flint,Roadblock and their Mcguyver gyrocopter?
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Great review LOL
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