Steeler is just a damn cool early RAH figure, even though I found him to be odd looking back when I was a kid. I actually didn’t have a MOBAT, so my only exposure to this figure was via visits to a friend’s house. He looked so different from the first and second series Joes I had, I didn’t quite know how to take him. Admittedly, the gold undershirt is a bit strange, but the details on the sleeves and especially the gold pistol are quite cool. Like other unique drivers such as Clutch and Grand Slam, those differences really set him apart from his single carded early teammates. It’s amazing what just a change in the torso mold and a couple of accessories can do.
The visor is another unique element that makes him stand out from the pack. For some reason, it reminded me of a welder’s mask. Again, I didn’t have Steeler himself, but I had the visor from an accessory pack. I often put it on Flash to use as a secondary visor.
Even the Sunbow cartoon put Steeler into a different outfit from what the other early Joes wore. The only thing he really had in common with the figure is the short collared open jacket and a slightly different version of his visor. He even wore a gold (well, yellow) undershirt too. I’ve always wanted to see some of the Sunbow exclusive uniform designs make their way into the toyline.
Steeler may be best known to toon fans for having a major role in the excellent two-parter “Worlds Without End.” I won’t spoil the ending, and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it. It’s very freaky stuff, Sunbow-style.
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