Destro (2010 Resolute)
How’s this for a regal Destro? After years of supervillain disco chic and Scottish swashblucker ensembles, the famous weapons supplier’s look was reimagined for the Resolute animated special. More than any other, this is a Destro in command.
Right off the bat, I’m reminded of a previous Destro design that wasn’t translated to action figure form. The Sunbow series put him into a similar sort of long overcoat on those occasions when Cobra embarked upon arctic missions. It painted a Destro that was equally commanding and regal.
Resolute took the concept of Destro as weapons supplier to another level by providing him with a robotic right arm. It’s not too much of a stretch, and I can see it as an outgrowth of the original character design, with its armored gauntlets and wrist rockets. The origins of the arm would make for an interesting backstory. Did he lose the arm in battle, or simply upgrade himself willingly?
Accessories are quite nice, though I’m at a loss as to how he can hold his rifle effectively. I’m certainly not a weapons expert, and I confess to not understanding the usefulness of a lot of the newly designed rifles we see in the modern Joe lines. Are these things real? Rifles like this one seem more centered on beauty of design rather than combat effectiveness. Maybe I’m wrong, but it just looks a darn unwieldy weapon to carry into battle.
Destro also wouldn’t be complete with an opening pack or briefcase with weapons inside, and this one takes the effort a little further with a removable machine gun and flip-up computer screen.