Reptile (1994 Mortal Kombat)
It’s easy to forget the the Street Fighter sub-line was actually branded as part of the GI Joe line. Considering that the popular fighting game characters simply jumped into Joe’s universe unchanged, the confusion is warranted. Hasbro was obviously a bit sheepish about connecting the two as well, since the packages minimized the Real American Hero’s logo. They weren’t shy however about reusing molds whenever possible.
It’s also easy to think that the Hasbro Mortal Kombat series was officially connected to GI Joe. After all, the series also borrowed heavily from the figures and vehicles that preceded it. Given the prevalence of ninja-esque characters in the MK franchise, it would seem to be an even more natural fit in a Joe mythos populated with an abundance of pajama-clad warriors. Four-armed half-dragon men and walking gods notwithstanding, I find some of the figures to be a good fit within my Joeverse.
Reptile arrived as one of the few drivers in the line, piloting the MK-1 Dragon speedboat. The Dragon began life as the 1990 Piranha, one of the meaner looking and underrated Cobra vehicles of the 90s. Why Reptile was driving it, I have no idea. I’m just glad we got another flavor in our fruity rainbow of Outworld fighters. Getting him together with Sub-Zero, Smoke, and Scorpion is like assembling a weird parallel world Power Ranger team–or opening up a bag of Skittles.