How dedicated am I to showcasing figures from all corners of the GI Joe world? How about Action Attack Duke. Sure, I could have passed him up, but I think looking at a loathed toy can provide a little perspective. For those who don’t care to feast their eyes upon him, turn back now and wait for tomorrow’s entry. But remember, I can’t cover the greats every day, otherwise I’ll run out of fantastic figures to cover. Then you’ll be stuck with only guys like Action Attack Duke. See? I have your best interests in mind.
Action Attack Duke was released in the Valor vs Venom series, and he wasn’t the only figure of the time to get the action feature treatment. He was, however the face of the maligned movement to many fans. Some even went so far in their nerd rage to give him a colorful nickname: Butt Plug Duke. Now, that moniker, while humorous in its own sophomoric way, isn’t entirely accurate. Duke’s…um…shaft isn’t quite in that particular location, it’s really closer to his waist. Anyway, when you push the button, the figure twists at the waist. Nothing too exciting, and not really all that fitting for Duke, especially since he’s depicted on the packaging brandishing (and was also equipped with) a pair of nunchuks. Poor Duke. Sheesh, when it rains, it pours.
Of course, this little feature changes his articulation, and he’s a t-crotch figure. Other than that change, I think the look of the figure is pretty decent for the time. I’m not a hater of action features. In fact, I really enjoy them if they can be integrated into the figures without being obtrusive. I understand why Duke was given an action feature, since he’s one of the posterboys of the brand, but the end result of toy and feature just didn’t mesh. However, the figure certainly fares better in terms of proportion than others of the same series. Limb length seems much more natural than most in the 2000s. Speaking of which, this uniform design was refitted in o-ring style just a bit later in the series. Unfortunately, it was stuck with an inflated looking torso, tiny waist and thunder thighs. Par for the course.