Mutt & Junkyard (2013 Kre-O)
Mutt and Junkyard were one of my absolute favorite figures in the embarrassment of cool action figure riches that was 1984. Though Firefly and Storm Shadow stood out on the Cobra side, Mutt, Blowtorch and Recondo were hits with me. Mutt got the most use, since his look and purpose suited most any mission. The animal companion was just the icing on a great set of accessories.
The same applies here with the Kre-O version of the famous pair. The building block format lends itself well to these highly accessorized characters, and even though Mutt’s mask isn’t an exact match for his old muzzle, it’s a decent approximation given the limitations of the parts available. Junkyard also doesn’t quite match up with his old self, looking more like a bulldog than a black lab. But hey, these Kreon Joes are just too cool to complain about. They function as Kryptonite for the curmudgeonly collector in me. I hope we see more of them during this (so far) quiet 50th anniversary year.