Dreadnok Torch (2005)
Torch is one of my faves of the new sculpt era. There’s so much to like about this figure. It’s another example of taking an existing design and tweaking it for a new generation. Let’s be honest, as iconic as the Dreadnoks are, that old biker look is darn goofy these days. I like to see each iteration of Joe interpret classics into its own particular style. The modern spin thing is something I feel the 25th anniversary series didn’t do enough of, but the PoC and 30th rectified.
I love the new flamethrower with detachable flames. And three paint apps on an accessory in the backpack. Wow! The figure itself is also full of great little paint detail touches, like the crisply painted tattoos on both arms, and the flamed-out jeans.
Torch was also one of the later figures to feature the hidden shoulder and elbow pins, a great aesthetic improvement. The new construction would later be put to use in the modern line. So you see, something good did come out of the 2000’s Joe relaunch.