If you weren’t paying attention to Joe in 1994 (and a lot of collectors weren’t) you might have missed the fact that a four armed alien bounty hunter with dreadlocks and a Transformer namesake was part of the GI Joe line. Yeah.
The Star Brigade concept was a bit outlandish for a military group like the Joes, but still made sense within the established mythos. After all, astronauts were part of Joe even back in the 60’s, and this new group of Joes fighting Cobra in space seemed like a natural outgrowth.
Things got a little weird during the second series, when aliens showed up, and the storyline took a hard right turn toward sci-fi fantasy land. Even the Joes got in on the sudden “hey folks, now there’s an alien empire and all out interstellar war” angle.
Like other ’94 figures, there’s a disappointing lack of paint apps. The torso and legs are just plainly molded in their plastic’s native color, which is a shame because of the detail to be found in the sculpting.
Each of the three 1994 aliens pushed not only the boundaries or believability, but also of design. A Joe scale figure with four arms is in itself crazy and ambitious. Add to it a hunched back and powerful crouched legs and you’ve got a figure that fits the existing style yet adds a different twist. If there’s something to recommend all three 3 3/4 inch aliens from the series, its the design and engineering.