Major Bludd (2003 Python Patrol)
Python Patrol needed someone major in their group. Major Bludd may not be the prototypical leader type, but at least he’s a named Cobra from the upper echelons of the organization. I imagine Cobra Commander was paying him a princely sum to head up a sub-team, along with most likely some extra cash thrown in to dress up in such gaudy duds.
The Toys R Us Python Patrol set deviated from the original color scheme, following more closely the vehicle decorations of the time. I find the set to be more cohesive, and think the black, red and gold work well together. The red suits Bludd, and brings to mind his later new sculpt era DTC figure with its signature crimson scarf.
The figure’s base comes from two great 1990s molds: the Sonic Fighters Zap and Battle Corps Bludd. Both are among my favorites from the later ARAH releases. Zap’s body lends itself well to the Major, thanks to the armor elements. The weapon complement also originated with Zap, and the missile launcher is a formidable step up from Bludd’s rocket pistol. Of course, it wouldn’t be 2000s Joe without an odd weapon choice, so we also get Zap’s backpack machine gun. This thing just looks weird in his hands.