1993 saw the continuation of the previous year’s DEF, albeit in a less obvious manner. Each of the second year Joe drug fighters and Cobra criminals were folded into the regular Battle Corps assortment, and given normal accessories in place of the previous Battle Flash weaponry.
Gristle comes to us as either a lieutenant or successor to the drug kingpin Headman. He’s always seemed to me as more of a high ranking thug than someone who would take over a criminal empire. Maybe that’s due to his more battle ready look in comparison to the previous year’s Headhunter honcho. His file card points out his specialty as Urban Crime Commander, so one could take that in several ways.
He’s another 1990s figure with great sculpted details yet odd color choices. While I’m generally not too harsh on most of the brightly colored later RAH Cobras, Gristle’s colors have bothered me. Clashing colors sometimes work in the context of a goofy toy, but any menace this guy has is undercut by yellow.
Finally, the Battle Corps figures can be lacking due to the absence of indiviualized weapons. The multi-weapon trees included in the line’s waning days did make for the appearance of better value, with several rifles, guns and knives included along with firing missile launchers. Then again, having a specific weapon to associate with a single character made for a more interesting figure presentation. Can you imagine a Snow Serpent without its trusty AK-47, or a Tele-Viper brandishing a common rifle instead of his familiar scanner? Gristle could have been a bit more memorable with a wicked gun to call his own. According to the file card, he is however, equipped with a phone message beeper on his left arm. That should count for something.wait, what’s a beeper?