Battle Commanders Ad
I don’t even recall where I picked up this image in my GI Joe internet image crawlings. I have no idea from whence it sprang; if it is from a dealer catalog, or a pack-in advert from the toys themselves? If the scan originated from anyone in particular, I apologize, and will certainly give credit where it’s due. On the other hand, it is a scan from a Hasbro publication, so can any of us be too upset that its floating about? Anyway, where was I?
This thing caught my eye more than other items in my image collection simply due to the figures in the photo. They’re all different from the final toys, which isn’t unusual for these things, as they’re often prototypes, or early sculpts and the like. What is unusual is that they’re all mock-ups made using existing GI Joe figures. It’s like some kind of alternate universe customized version of the Talking Battle Commanders. It’s all very odd and dreamlike.
I could go into my thoughts on which parts make up the figures, but I thought why not have a little fun and involve the readers? Some of them are very obvious, but others are more of a mystery. Poor Cobra Commander and Overkill (excuse me, BAT Leader) aren’t even facing camera. Was Hasbro trying to hide their Frankensteining? Anyway, I know some of you are quite expert at picking out the recipes of reused figure parts. So have at it, folks. Let’s hear your guesses.