Heavy Duty (1993)
Man, has Hasbro been in love with Heavy Duty since his debut or what? Being a recent addition from just two years earlier, he got a spot on the Armor Tech team alongside longtime Joes like Duke, Hawk and Rock N Roll. Considering the color scheme, I would have assumed that he was Stalker, but not so. Then again, a heavy ordnance specialist would seem to be a natural fit for a team of walking space tanks.
More than any other Armor Tech figure, Heavy Duty looks like a tank. The angled chest armor and even the color scheme are a contrast to the other members’ streamlined suits. By the way, why would you paint a space suit in green camo? I absolutely love the over the top helmet; in his spare time, he could play a part in a Joe team production of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung (there’s a total Elmer Fudd “What’s Opera, Doc” vibe happening here). Actually, that kind of makes sense since Heavy Duty is a classically trained musician. Underneath the helmet is the standard RAH version of Heavy Duty, complete with cap that resembles his original appearance. The guy just couldn’t escape the backwards cap or doo-rag look until his movie appearance.
He’s certainly loaded for bear, with an arm launcher, which is creepily shorter than his other arm (what happens to his hand when it’s in there?) and a ginormous rifle. His missile-firing left arm looks more like a gatling gun than a launcher to me. I think Rock N Roll would have been more suited for this weapon attachment, but what can you do?