Conrad “Duke” Hauser (2009 Rescue Mission)
Aren’t you a little thin for a toy version of Mr. Tatum? Oh yeah, that’s because this exclusive figure was based on Breaker, a toy based on an actor of decidedly less beefy proportions. Duke looks a little odd, like his head doesn’t quite belong to his body. That’s a shame, since the training uniforms similar to the one shown here were more interesting to me than the funky armored stillsuits worn by the Joes for much of the film.
Thinking back to the release of the second film, I really missed the plethora of store exclusives that were available at the time of Rise of Cobra. As time went by last year, I held out hope that some sort of exclusive would surface at Target at least. No.dice. These packs are a comparative example of the push Hasbro made for the first film. Even though the film merchandise didn’t move well and somewhat soured Joe’s viability in the eyes of the major retailers, we at least got some interesting figures out of the deal, and hey, many made it to clearance. Wait, that wasn’t a good thing, was it. Oops.
The storyline around the Target pack that Duke came in was that he had been captured by Cobra, and Snake Eyes was effecting a rescue. Actually, it appears that Duke had been captured during a workout session, or just after a bike ride. Wait, that’s it, I’ve got a purpose for this figure now. Maybe I can give him one of those goofy looking Retaliation Mouse or Flint helmets. Anyone know of a place that sells 1/18 scale bicycles, so I can make my movie cyclist Duke custom?