Mutt & Junkyard (1991 European exclusive)
Mutt was my favorite Joe in 1984. Yes, even more than the ubiquitous Storm Shadow. ’84 was a year in which the Joe line went in exciting new directions with accessories. Mutt was impressive for not only having an animal sidekick, but also a cool MAC 10, nightstick, muzzle (for himself!) and new helmet. He had a cool military police vibe that I really liked. I also picked up GI Joe comic issue #25 around the same time, which was Mutt’s first appearance, and enjoyed his portrayal as much as his look.
This figure is not Stanley Perlmutter, the American character, but rather a different fellow from Glasgow, Scotland. His personality is quite different form the irascible US Mutt. This new character appears to be more of the Dog Whisperer type, as he is able to train dogs to follow his every command. The difference in character must explain Mutt’s change in hair color. The original scowling head mold was used, which is unfortunate since the European Mutt seems to be a gentler individual than his US counterpart.
The color scheme, much like the Euro version of Spirit, differs greatly from the US version. The green, blue and black really differentiate it from the previous version. This new color scheme makes Mutt look even more like military police. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but the electric blue also brings to mind Slaughter’s Marauders, a sub-group of which Mutt was a member.
This little seen figure gives us a very nice new spin on a familiar mold and character.