This redesigned version of Dusty from the Valor vs. Venom series is recognizable as Mr. Tadur thanks to his wearing a variation on his old helmet, complete with the fancy neck protector in the back. I remember for a moment in the 80s when those little flaps on hats were quite popular. Especially on painters’ caps. Checkered ones. Were we, as a general populace, worried about neck sunburns back then?
Dusty has a comic book/sci-fi edge to his uniform which was common in the 2000s GI Joe series. His outfit is probably one of the most futuristic looking of all the team at the time. Between the tchotchkes on it, and the color, he almost looks like he could be Dash Rendar’s brother-in-law or some such. Yikes. A Star Wars Expanded Universe reference? Look people, deep down, I’m a sick sick man.
Uh, moving on–A common element of the GI Joe uniforms of the time was some sort of layered armor about the chest and/or shoulders. It was sort of a standardized look, although not as rigidly similar among figures as the Rise of Cobra series’ body armor. To tell the truth, I really do like this uniform design. It’s a very appealing and clean look. At least it’s not a Liefeldian mess of straps and pouches.
Ugh, do I have to talk about proportions again? Dusty’s main problem is the size of his head. It’s tiny. The helmet somewhat offsets it, but the itty-bittyness of his noggin is still noticeable. The rest of the figure isn’t too bad in terms of its size. One articulation drawback is the long jacket that hinders his ability to sit.
The bandolier is a nice new added accessory, one that the character hadn’t been known for in the past. I’m all for giving the classics a little something extra as part of a redesign. Someone else must have liked this thing, because it showed up again on the DTC Grand Slam, albeit with yellow grenades.