Ah, Robo-JOE. Is there any more lovable a loser to come out of the waning years of the Real American Hero era? Crazy idea, funky execution. Conceptually, I love it. The bright color and paint splatter is just a bonus. Maybe someday he’ll give Bulletman a run for his money in the annals of legendary GI Joe goofballs.
If you can’t stand the limited articulation of the Armor Tech figures, you know who to blame. This guy. The man who became Robo-JOE, Greg Scott, developed the bulky suits that some of the Joe wore in its space battles with Cobra. The story also goes that Destro raided his lab and made off with some of his plans. Now, I know that Destro isn’t the nicest guy on the planet, but doesn’t he have a kind of noble streak? I just can’t see him engaging in this sort of piracy.
I’m only disappointed that his story was never really told outside of the file card. As ridiculous as the premise is, the background of his creation sounds interesting at least. The fact that he’s got a beef with Destro could have made for a nice angle as well.
Maybe things just didn’t pan out for Robo-JOE because he was late for both of the big pop culture cyborg heroes’ glory days. Steve Austin ruled the airwaves two decades prior, and Alex Murphy’s star had burned out by the 90s. Or it could have been that the Armor Tech GI Joes were just, well, not all that great.