Iron Anvil (2005)
With Joecon nearly upon us, and the announcement of this year’s enemy force as the Iron Grenadiers, I was reminded of a past year’s set, and its wonderful new troopers, the Iron Anvils.
I’ll be honest, I was not much of a fan of Destro’s private army in the past, mostly due to the fact that it debuted during the time I was away from Joe collecting. Although, I do remember thumbing through the Toys R Us Sunday paper circular from time to time, checking out the pictures of recent toys. Most of it looked interesting, if strange. It wasn’t until I returned to collecting that I even looked into the Grenadiers, and later that I read deeper into the Marvel comics run to check them out.
By the time of the 2005 convention, I was kooking forward to a new addition to Destro’s troops. The Iron Anvils did not disappoint. The figure hits the mark with me in a couple of key areas. Most impressively, the mold. This is one of my favorite reuses of a vintage o-ring figure. The 1994 Viper mold on which it was based was a victim of a lackluster color scheme, and a shortage of paint apps that didn’t take full advantage of its sculpted details. The collectors club went all out, picking out bits of the mold previously hidden among solid color.
The working parachutes are another great plus for me. The club regularly does its parachute drop figures, but this is a first to include several of them in the actual con set. Imagine taking your con figures out in the backyard and tossing them into the air, parachutes deployed! Yeah, I don’t think so. But hey, the chutes are red foil with the Destro logo–too cool. Finally the weapon choice is pretty nice. I’ve always liked the Annihilator submachine gun, and the inclusion of the 1994 Viper’s jagged dagger is great.