Dreadnok Ripper (2008)
All three of the original Dreadnoks were very cool characters, and some of the most out-there action figures of the 1980s. After all, what’s not to love about a group of rough and tumble bikers who looked like they stumbled off the set of a Mad Max film. Larry Hama’s characterizations of the group in the Marvel comic always made for a fun read, and the cartoon portrayal of the mohawked ‘nok was pretty great, played to the hilt by the amazing Chris Latta.
The original Ripper’s look is translated intact into the 25th anniversary style. This version, from a comic two pack, is colored more closely like the original figure than some of the other, more colorful comic pack characters. The single carded Ripper better resembled the style of the four-color comic page.
The 25th anniversary series often left me cold with its poseability, and proportions, evidenced here by Ripper’s weirdly narrow hips and large thighs. It wasn’t all bad back then however, as the anniversary line’s accessories usually shined, sometimes even surpassing the originals. Ripper’s jaws of life are now articulated, a great added feature. And what more can be said about the amazing can opener bayonet. I’ve been a fan of that particular weapon ever since he used to slice up military vehicles during the attack on McGuire field. How did they manage that?