The Eco Warriors sub-set hasn’t generally been regarded as one of the Real American Hero line’s shining moments. Part of the ever increasing trend toward splintering the GI Joe concept into action feature filled offshoots and more socially conscious action toys, the set remained only for one year beyond its debut. Of all the detours of the time, I found the Eco Warrior villains to be the most interesting, at least from a toy perspective. The Cobras are distinctive, bold and colorful. Their leader, Cesspool, makes for an impressive addition to the higher powers within Cobra.
Does this guy well represent the excesses of the 80s corporate world, or what? His outfit is ostentatious, even by Cobra standards. He’s sporting almost as much gold and snake accents as Serpentor himself. Impressive. It’s sorely missed in his modern interpretation.
Cesspool has one of the more frustratingly small accessories from the RAH era’s later years. The tiny breather attached to his helmet is removable, and all of the loose samples I’ve gotten in lots over the years have been missing this essential piece. It’s an piece integral to the look of his helmet. If you don’t have it, the poor guy is stuck with a gaping hole in the front of his helmet.
Finally, I Wish I had me one o’ them acid assisted chainsaws. Would do wonders for annual spring cleanup in the backyard.