What can I write that hasn’t been said about the Dreadnoks, some of the most iconic, colorful and well remembered GI Joe villains of the Real American Hero era? Heck, I’d venture to say they’re some of the most remembered villains of any 80’s property. At least more remembered than the likes Mon*Star, Buttons McBoomBoom, Hun-Dred or Darkstorm. I can also say that I equally enjoyed the figures and their portrayals in both the cartoon and Marvel comic.
Buzzer was actually the first Dreadnok figure that I bought back in the 80’s. His strange look and incredibly dangerous implements of destruction had a big impact on me. He was such a change of pace from the likes of the regular Cobra forces. A school friend soon after picked up Torch, and once I saw him in hand, I had to have him too. Looking back, I think it’s funny that I didn’t notice the stylistic difference in sculpts between Torch and his ‘Nok comrades.
Torch follows a more realistic scale in terms of his proportions. The other two Dreadnoks have large heads and thick legs, while Torch is quite svelte. I assume there were many designers and sculptors working on the figures, and maybe that’s what accounts for the difference between figures.
Of the three original Dreadnoks, Torch seemed to be the most prototypical looking biker, with his muttonchops, leather vest, and skull and chain accessories. He’s even wearing riding boots. Safety first, boyo.