Dusty is one of those Joe mainstays who didn’t get a single card release in the 25th line, so we had to make do with his inclusion in a DVD battle pack. For me, the battle packs became increasingly difficult to find, culminating in the ridiculously hard to track down fifth pack featuring another great ’85 character, Alpine.
Much like its vintage counterpart, this is your basic utilitarian design and sculpt. It doesn’t do anything fancy, and it doesn’t have to. Including the character’s name patch on his uniform is a nice throwback to the old file card, which bore an anagram of the name of Ron Rudat, one of the original 80’s GI Joe designers. However since this is included in a pack with the Sunbow cartoon DVD, shouldn’t it be Rudat, since the cartoon Dusty bore that name on the series? While we’re talking about the Sunbow Dusty, why in the Sam Hill was a desert trooper assigned to a space station? Guess I shouldn’t complain about it, otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten my favorite Sunbow Dusty moment:
As an example of the versatility of this mold, it was used to create that army builder’s dream, the movie line’s Pit Commando. It’s one of those bodies that can have all sorts of different web gear and accessories added for different looks.