Intruders Commander (1976)
The enemy of GI Joe! the packaging touted. The first enemy of GI Joe, to be exact. In all of its twelve year existence, GI Joe had no real antagonist, aside from animals and mother nature. These caveman-looking figures were described as strong men from another world. Their brutish looks belied their background as super intelligent aliens. Strangely enough, for all their intellect, they came without any sort of weaponry or equipment. Their only gear being the decidedly low-tech armored singlet, the Intruders appear to be I’ll prepared to take over the world.
This figure is the Commander, and carries on the 70s GI Joe tradition of a beard representing higher rank. Like the Joe team, the clean shaven Intruder was the run of the mill warrior, while this impressively facially follicled fiend was the leader.
The toy is surprisingly diminutive in relation to the twelve inch Joe’s. Looking like something from a completely different line, I have to wonder about the design origins of such a mismatched scale. The Intruders actually look more at home battling the smaller Super Joe figures, released one year later.
The figure incorporates a single action feature, a crushing grip that’s activated via a button on the back. The feature actually works quite well, and the Intruder can squeeze Joes with a firm bear hug. Maybe that’s the way this alien menace intended to conquer Earth–through the power of tough love.