Dreadhead Cletus (2004)
I find that I like the 2004 convention set’s character choice, color scheme and mold selection much more than its 2003 predecessor. With a set of new and old Dreadnoks, a group of identical “army builder” miscreants, and a few Joe Tiger Force members, it appealed to my love of unusual and colorful toys.
Dreadhead Cletus was one of six army builder figures in the set, and joined his family members in hooking up with the Dreadnoks. The whole gang apparently received similarly colored uniforms, splitting off with sub-sections of ‘Noks in matching attire. No, seriously. I have to wonder if this all was the Zartan family’s doing, since he and his siblings liked to gad about in variations of Mad Max-esque accessories. The colors on Cletus here shouldn’t work, especially the bubble-gummy hued camo pants, but I can’t resist the shock of it all.
Though the Dreadhead concept was supremely goofy, and overkilled the swamp dweller/redneck stereotype, I can’t argue with the selection of the body molds used on these guys. The Muskrat figure is one of my favorites, and getting it in several different colors within one set was exciting to me. The Aero-Viper head, one of the nicer of the few removable helmet Cobra troops, was a good choice since it’s not immediately recognizable. The cherry on top is the impressively intricate Dreadnok symbol on the do-rag.