I’m a bit sorry that I missed out on the Iron Grenadiers concept in my younger days. Destro’s splinter group was introduced the year after I stopped buying GI Joes, and I think as a kid I would have been very interested in the toys. With an ornate, armored style being so prominent, I would have been drawn to them in much the same way I was with Hasbro’s slightly earlier Visionaries toys. Who wouldn’t want an army dressed like evil knights to challenge their Joes?
Destro’s general is outfitted in the most lovely shade of hot pink. But I can’t be down on this figure, as it’s just too crazy cool. Say what you will about the color, but Voltar has personality. It would have been nice to get a few more paint apps to pick out some of the wonderful detail, but sometimes we take what we can get. Having another named Cobra character in a year full of troop builders is always nice, and as a bonus, he’s got an animal companion. Someday I’ll write a treatise about the significance of the animal companion concept in the 80s GI Joe line. I think the condor is a little disappointing as a partner in this case, because it didn’t get a proper name. No worries; I’ve got a few ideas of my own: Talon, Blackfeather, Carrion-Eater, Conndorr, and my favorite, Cathartidave.