Wildcard is an-looking odd driver for an odd-looking vehicle.
The Mean Dog was an interesting concept but made for an unwieldy toy. It detaches into three sections: a gun turret, missile vehicle and scout car. I don’t mind the design, and I think for the most part it’s a quite nice looking vehicle. However I don’t get the turret just sitting in the back. It looks be on the verge of falling out during sudden acceleration, like a refrigerator hurriedly loaded into the back of a pickup truck.
On to the figure, and first off–the helmet. Wow! The thing is monstrous, and just doesn’t quite sit down far enough on his head. It almost beats out Wild Boar for the Most Ill-Fitting Headgear award. And what is that on the front, a washboard? Unfortunately the helmet and head sculpt showed up again a few years later as Major Altitude, with equally goofy-looking results. The accessories aren’t all bad, however, as he carries a very cool and unique weapon in the form of a machete with sheath. Speaking of which, what was with the machete mania in 1988? First Muskrat, then Spearhead, now this guy. It’s like they all went shopping at Home Depot with Danny Trujillo.
Overall the figure has an interesting look, with his open and ripped sleeveless shirt. I suppose his clothing style is meant to represent his destructive nature as explained in the file card and also portrayed in his comic appearances. Since he breaks everything around him, it would stand to reason that he probably couldn’t keep a shirt in one piece. Looking at his design as a whole, including the strange inclusion of the machete, I’m beginning to wonder if he was originally meant to be a driver figure. Was he designed to be a Dreadnok and then later placed with the Mean Dog? Or was it simply influenced by the popularity of Crocodile Dundee in the late 80’s? Maybe the body was designed as a “Jason Voorhees joins Cobra” mail-in offer and fell through at the last minute. It’s one of those figures whose design origins I would like to know.