Textures. They’re not something that I think about often in terms of the RAH toy line. Other than armor, I can’t recall a lot of figures whose uniform reflected some kind of different surfaces among pants, shirts, etc. Early in the line, sculpted details like folds and bloused pants weren’t depicted in much detail, if at all. I’ve wondered if that was a conscious design decision on the early figures, a budget/time issue, or a result of the limitations of toy production in the early 80’s. Regardless, as time went on, figures became more detailed and yes, even textures were made their way into sculpts now and then.
I get a dragon skin vibe from the Incinerators’ protective suits. Speaking of protection, it seems like a minor miracle to say that Cobra for once outfitted a trooper with adequately protective equipment. There’s no “leaky suit brigade” aspect to this trooper’s outfit. Back to the style of the suit; it really makes the figure look like it’s ready to breathe fire. The textured scales and padded chest plate make for a very animalistic appearance. The cobra hood motif on the helmet tops it all off. The helmet also has a kind of ornateness to it that could lend itself to a ceremonial uniform as well. I could see this head being used for an honor guard for Cobra Commander. Another custom idea I’ll never get around to.
The Incinerators included a rubber band powered catapult that hurled translucent orange balls (this was the age of firing weapons, after all). The flamethrower is a nice two-handed weapon, but was reused umpteen times through the final years of the RAH line, as a frequent element of the weapons “tree” included in the Battle Corps releases. The flamethrower weapon also has an interesting side note on the file card, as it’s described as having ozone destroying properties. I hadn’t noticed that loose tie-in to the Eco Warriors theme before.