I’ve often wondered why Dragonsky is such a favorite among fans of the Oktober Guard. Is it because of his specialty? Is it because he looks so different from his teammates? Is it because his name is a really bad pun?
This Dragonsky, part of the 2005 convention attendee exclusives, definitely looks different. I’m a fan of the figure thanks to its incoporation of parts from two of my favorite 90’s molds, Star Brigade Duke and Mega Marines Blast-Off. Foregoing the use of more obvious or well known parts is a hallmark of good customizing, and also makes for a figure that looks brand new. It’s good to see the club getting it right from a customizer’s point of view. The redeco paint scheme is one of the most attractive that the collectors club has produced. Titled Urban Rain, the strikingly lined grey and black camo is something entirely new for a 3 & 3/4 inch Joe figure. I think the smaller scale of the pattern really stands out as well, since we’re accustomed to seeing patterns in larger swaths and amorphous shapes.
The inclusion of a helmet is a big bonus, and something that OG fans always seem to want with a Dragonsky figure. Again, using a lesser known source for the helmet (and one that was originally cast in bright red) gives the figure a distinctive look.
I won’t belabor the point of asking why the GI Joe line has so many flamethrower troops, but I suppose it may be that a flaming weapon just makes good toy sense. Maybe fire playtests well with young boys (and grown collectors).