Sgt. Mutt (2005 DTC)
Each time a new iteration of GI Joe comes on the scene, there’s an inevitable wish list of characters that fans want to see made. Though there were quite a few homages to the old days during the new sculpt era, some of the popular classics were left out. One of my old favorites eventually saw a release in the Direct to Consumer line.
I find the take on the uniform to be an interesting departure from the 80’s version. Though it appears he borrowed Spy Troops Roadblock’s padded vest, a few of the old Mutt elements remain, most notably the padded gauntlet, nightstick and muzzle. However, the figure seems incomplete without a helmet. The MAC-10 is also gone, replaced by a rifle that bears some resemblance to the DEF Mutt’s weapon. The head sculpt looks much younger and more fresh-faced than the Joes’ usually sour-tempered dog handler. And what happened to Junkyard? He looks more like a Rottweiler now than a Black Lab.
This was also another case of the card art being more appealing than the figure itself. The same thing was happening all through the new sculpt era. Then again, the 80’s and 90’s had its share of figures and vehicles whose package art was much more exciting than the toys inside.