Buzzer (2007)

Have I mentioned before that the 25th anniversary series both frustrates and inspires? Articulation, fit and proportion issues were balanced with innovations that would be improved upon in the modern line. For me, the accessories were the most solid aspect of the figures. Whether harnesses, backpacks or weapons, I was impressed. The designers improved on many of the old weapon designs.

Buzzer is a perfect example. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the vintage Buzzer’s accessories. The chainsaw, flail and gas can backpack remain amazing bits of detail that give even more personality to the figure. The increased level of detail on the newer figures dictates more detail in accessories. The chainsaw included with this new figure is amazing. Granted, it’s not a copy of the classic chainsaw rifle, but it is loaded with detail. Given the new style’s increased articulation, Buzzer can hold the weapon with two hands. The saw is also scaled up to the new figures’ slightly larger size. This is one large and mean looking chainsaw. The red flame paint job tops it off perfectly.
The backpack, though it seems to be unchanged at first glance, is all new. The size again has been reworked to better balance with the figure’s scale, and they painted it red. I still have to wonder about the wisdom of walking around in battle with a gas can strapped to your back, but maybe I’m thinking too much. Unfortunately, the bladed flail weapon didn’t make the transition to the new figure.

The figure itself retains the standard Buzzer look, albeit updated a bit. He gets a little shoulder armor this time around, and has traded in his 80’s shades for something more contemporary. Some of the weird proportions pop up too, as he’s the victim of a small waist and comparably thunderous thighs. He should lay off the grape soda and chocolate donuts.


  • Boy does this figure have a resume of parts usage. The torso’s been used for the 25th Anniversary and ROC versions of Leatherneck and the Club-exclusive 25th Anniversary Dial-Tone, while the legs and arms were used for the Comic Pack version of Ripper, and the legs were used for the cartoon-colored Ripper. The chainsaw only saw one reuse, as an accessory for Bench-Press.

  • I’m a fan of this guy. And the author.

  • Steven B. Williams

    As far as the wisdom of going into battle with a gas can backpack, let’s don’t forget that we’re talking about the Dreadnoks here. They’re not the sharpest tools in the shed.

    While I’m glad we got the chainsaw, it’s too bad we didn’t get Buzzer’s chainsaw rifle. Of course, I rather have a regular chainsaw that can be reused than get a chainsaw rifle that can only be used with Buzzer and any redecos of him. Speaking of the chainsaw, I think we’re due for another Joe figure that comes with one.

  • Sorry, you just can’t beat the original. I liked the way the Original Chainsaw was more like the form of a gun. It was easier to believe it was used a weapon than this chainsaw that looks a bit cumbersome.
    And that can has to be full of grape soda….he cant be that dumb, he went to Cambridge…..

  • Okay figure, could have been way better.

  • I kind of wish the left the old sun glasses

  • I have to admit this was teh fig that won me over to ME style. Buzzer is probably my fav Dread although I missed the chainsaw rifle I loved how this figure looked and operated. Granted he is dated now but I think he still holds up fairly well.

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