Who would have figured that Metal-Head would get the remake treatment at the tail end of the Real American Hero line? I suppose it was to be somewhat expected, considering his prominence in the DIC cartoon. Speaking of which, although he was quite the goof in that series, I found him to be a bright spot in what was an often lackluster Joe cartoon. For all his foolishness, Metal-Head may be the Zartan or Major Bludd of the fans who were 90’s kids, in that he was prominent and ever-present.
I actually like this design more than the first version. The old one looked good on the card art, and the figure’s accessories were great, but as a whole, I found it lacking, especially the helmet and head sculpt. This one does away with the helmet, presenting Metal-Head with a cybernetic implant that covers one eye and integrates into a wrap around headpiece. I also love the evil grin on his face. I can picture his maniacal voice activated launching commands, “Bang!”
Yes, he’s wearing hot pink, but I don’t mind it (go figure) especially considering his crazed, out-there persona. Although, being a past member of the Iron Grenadiers, he may get some flack from Destro about his choice of colors. If you want an IG version of the mold, seek out the 2005 con set. It’s a pretty brilliant recolor.
The inclusion of a giant missile launcher makes sense for a change, since he’s a tank destruction specialist. Also, in case you’re wondering, his secondary specialty–hockey fight analyst. Not quite the subtle Hama humor of the earlier filecards.
A fair number of old favorites were revisited as the original line closed out, but many were left undone. I’m curious, who would you have liked to see get a reinterpretation back in the 90’s?