As part of the final series of Real American Hero GI Joe, and the second Star Brigade, all semblance of reality is out the window with this figure. Avert your eyes, pure military Joe fans. What follows may be too upsetting to stomach. If you’re a toy nut like me, however, bask in the green green glow of sheer insanity.
To say that Lobotomaxx is the wildest looking of the Lunartix aliens is not too much of a stretch. Sure, Predacon had multiple arms and alien dreds, and Carcass had funky attack ribs and a Next Generation Romulan Warbird-shaped head, but neither of them approach the awesome levels of ridiculousness encompassed by Lobotomaxx the Stellar Explorer. That’s what his subtitle states on his package, by the way, even though his specialty is listed as bounty hunter. Maybe he makes exploring a hobby during down times between bounties.
My neck is still sore from the abrupt left turn the GI Joe line took in the second series of Star Brigade. Suddenly, interstellar travel and alien empires were part of the story. The Joe team even got its own version of Han Solo. When I first saw the 1994 Star Brigade figures, I thought maybe I had slept through and missed a year or two of toys.
Let’s break down the freakiness quotient: He’s got a bendy neck and tail (take that, Golobulus), exposed brain (thanks to a laser-sword fight, according to the file card), two sets of eyes, and an extra set of calves. Incredible, absolutely incredible. This is one alien who’s so twisted and cheesy looking, he could easily have appeared in a cut scene from Don Dohler’s 1977 cheese-fest, The Alien Factor.