If there was one 90s Joe figure that I could hold up to others as a prime example of Good Stuff You Might Have Missed After 1986, it would be the Headhunters. Even with bright green paint here and there, the figure is–allow me to get a bit crude–badass.
As enforcers/guards for Headman, these guys look the part. Both stylish and menacing, their look befits an over-the-top drug kingpin character. Is the concept ridiculous and connected a little too closely to a particular cultural moment? Yes, but it’s not the only time the Real American Hero line went all-in with a concept that would later seem dated. Also–just look at the figure–it’s badass!
The more subdued black and brown DEF version looks a little nicer, but since I’m a sucker for the Battle Corps series’ color palette, I’m a fan of both. They’re both badass!