Tank Commander (Code Name: Steeler)
Another high ranking driver figure, with unique mold elements and accessories to boot. Hasbro didn’t have to pull out all the stops with this figure, but it makes sense considering he came with the line’s most expensive early vehicle. The MOBAT was a beast for its time, and I think it remains a must-have fast attack Joe tank. Steeler was an essential character in the Marvel comics, and I was happy to add the figure to my childhood forces. The visor alone was enough to sell me on him, and his slick shoulder holster was an added bonus. Oh and he also came equipped with and uzi, just like Snake Eyes. A showcase figure for a showcase vehicle.
If you thought Hawk’s silver details were strange, check out Steeler’s gold undershirt. That’s gotta be super itchy. Since there’s metallic paint involved, the figures tend to lose the gold. In the Sunbow cartoon, most of the characters had slight modifications from the figure designs. Steeler was one of the team who had a drastically different uniform.
Hitting on a memorable comic moment, I recall Steeler performing an amazing feat of strength in the Trojan Gambit by lifting a counterweight in order to open a steel blast door in the Pit. Talk about strong!