Mutt & Junkyard II (2004)

Many of the 90s re-imaginings of older Joe characters don’t get a whole lot of love. Some folks aren’t fond of the bright colors, others don’t care for the gimmick-laden accessories, and still others hate both of the above. Being a toy optimist, I like to look for the positive in anything I pick up. In the case of Mutt’s DEF figure and its repainted Battle Corps version, I found a lot to like. The sculpt is detailed and unique, and I even liked that crazy flashing bola net launcher.

Mutt & Junkyard II (2004)

The 2004 convention Tiger Force figures were an attempt at broadening the sub-team, in terms of characters and uniforms. Beachhead, Mutt and Hawk were naturals to get into the group (yeah, I know it’s Zartan, but I think the fig can do double duty). Those three are among the more recognizable Joes, and a throw-in like Hardtop was fine by me. He was a vehicle driver after all. Okay, he’s a weird choice, so let’s just pretend he was planned for a con-exclusive Tiger Force Defiant crawler, but umm…the club couldn’t get the mold at the last minute. What? It could happen.

The color scheme is a bit heavy on the orange, which first occurred in the 2003 Toys R Us Tiger Force set. Stalker and Dial Tone being the most orangetastic of the group. They can’t hold a candle to Beachhead, who inspired me to poetry. Mutt’s top half is similarly bright, although I’m glad they didn’t decide to give him and orange cap. That would have been too much even for me.

Mutt us paired up yet again with a K-9 Joe, and this time it’s Junkyard II. I’ll refrain from an Electric Boogaloo reference–oops, too late. Seems the original Junk was retired to Mutt’s home, but he found a new partner to carry on the tradition, and another Lab at that. Only this time, he’s brown. I guess tiger stripe would have been too on-the-nose.

Mutt & Junkyard II (2004)

Mutt & Junkyard II (2004)


  • It looks like this action figure version of Mutt is sponsoring the NFL’s (AFC) Cincinnati Bengals, sporting Tiger Force Strips.”

  • Junkyard was a Doberman originally…right?

    • I always thought so. Then he got reimagined in the new sculpt days as a Rottweiler. Maybe that was Junkyard III. This is an interesting mold of Mutt, but the golden protein-enriched, energy-boosting dog biscuits on his shoulder are tough to overlook.

  • Dreadnok: Spirit

    What, no tiger stripes for Junkyard?

  • I believe I’ll look for this figure at Joelanta this weekend! This Saturday and Sunday at
    The MARRIOTT CENTURY CENTER, 2000 Century Center Blvd. NE Atlanta, Ga 30345. Pardon the shameless plug 🙂

  • Funny that the club made the Tiger Force team more simplistic than Hasbro did. Hasbro used different base colors with tiger stripes. The club went with black stripes over orange, possible as a nod to the European exclusive members, but there were original TF figures who would’ve looked much worse in orange.

  • This isn’t a bad figure. Sure, it’s orange. But, he’s no more ostentatious than many of the other TF members. I’ve always felt the ’92 Mutt mold was under rated. It’s very well done and different enough from the vintage figure that it helps refresh the character. These paint masks really bring out the excellent details on the mold.

    I would have liked to have seen this version in the Anti Venom set instead of the recast original version with Wet Suit arms. He would have better meshed with Barricade and just been a better figure than what we got.

  • Those later 6-packs had so much potential….

    The naming of Junkyard “II” is on par with Snowball “ll.” Trying to add in some kind of aging into the toy, I don’t think it was needed. The powers that be didn’t do it with Duke.

  • It just doesn’t look like Mutt without the angry snarl…

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