Bet you didn’t know that there was a GI Joe figure with poo flinging action. Okay, it’s really called a gut bomb, and I suppose it’s more along the lines of throwing vomit or a hair-ball, but can you blame me for making the connection? After all, the toy looks somewhat ape-like, and we all know the fondness our primate cousins have for hurtling their own mess at one another.
If you thought that the GI Joe line hadn’t gotten strange enough with the introduction of ecology minded and drug fighting units, then the Mega Marines sub-set should convince you that 1993 was the year Joe officially jumped the SHARC. I for one don’t really care. After all, it’s not like the presence of whacked-out concepts like the Mega Monsters negates the coolness of the earlier 80s years. Just sayin’.
The Mega Marines had to have someone to fight, and their main antagonists were monsters. Hideous Cobra monsters of horrible origins, created by Dr. Mindbender to menace the world, the Monstro-Vipers were former Range Vipers who had been—you guessed it– genetically mutated by the good doctor. What exactly makes up these monstrosities? How about a creepy cocktail of rabid werewolf, Bigfoot and grizzly bear? That’s a mighty mish-mash of cryptozoological creatures. Also sounds like a candidate for a starring role in a Saturday night SyFy Original Movie. GrizWereFoot?
In this case, the main weapon is the aformentioned Gut Bomb, a fairly ingenious and economical method of delivering deadly payloads. Need an endless supply of ammunition for your troops? Why not weaponize their bodily secretions? The method the figure uses to make its Play-Doh weapons is pretty inventive, as the mold is built right into the figure’s belly. The right arm is spring loaded, and ends in a hand molded into a scoop. It all adds up to a perfect Gut Bomb delivery system. What could be more fun than throwing Play-Doh guts at your Joes?
The gimmick and the limited articulation bring to mind the Intruders, the weird alien strongmen enemies of the Adventure Team. They were equally wacky in origin, and were squat, monstrous looking, shoeless fellows with a built-in action feature. Anyway, I could go on and on about all of the crazed detail the Monstro-Vipers are chock full of, but I’ll let the file card speak for itself. Enjoy.