Shark (The Bad Guys)
How do you know when your toy line is a big success? When other companies scramble to catch some of your lightning in a bottle of their own. Sometimes it’s successful, sometimes it isn’t. Remco’s Sgt. Rock line, based on the long-running DC war comic, sought to capitalize on Hasbro’s small scaled GI Joe relaunch. The company even went as far as to introduce a line of bad guys for any 3 & 3/4 inch toyline to fight. The name of the series was, funny enough, The Bad Guys. Actually, the concept was ingenious, as the Joes only had a few Cobras to fight early on.
The figures were repaints of the Sgt. Rock molds, but done up in black uniforms with snazzy highlights like gold, blue or silver helmets and boots. Oh, and most of them had facial hair. Your basic bad guys always have facial hair. Being a budget Remco toy, don’t expect much in the way of articulation or even in the figures’ ability to fully interact with their weapons. I can barely get Shark to hold his M-16, and you can forget about the Bazooka. But such is life when you venture into the world of cheaper toys. Heck, the same rules still apply today.
I’ve always wanted to pick up some of these figures, ever since I spotted them in a Christmas catalog all those years ago. They certainly have a charm all their own. Thanks go out to Joe bud Flag Points Dave for sending a care package of these guys to JAD HQ. They made me feel like I just went to K-Mart with Grandma and picked them out after seeing that all the cool Joes were sold out.