The second iteration of TARGAT is missing two essential elements of its initial version. First, they’re apparently no longer affiliated with the Iron Grenadiers (at least it’s not mentioned on the file card) the TARGAT troops nevertheless make a welcome second appearance. Most everything else remains the same as far as the troops’ function. The specialty makes a lot of sense to incorporate into Star Brigade, considering they’ve always operated at the edge of space. Which brings me to their second missing element: accessories. The ’89 version of course had a great bulky swept wing jetpack with attached pistol and a most unique handgun that clipped to the figure’s wrist. I suppose you need keep your weapon strapped tight if you’re going to turn yourself into a human meteor. All the original gear is sorely missed here, and the replacements, though done up in a lovely shade of neon pink (that matches the details on their suits) don’t measure up.
If the sight of the gold plastic head of the Star Brigade Astro Viper made you nervous, the prospect of a figure made almost entirely of the historically fragile material may cause you to pass out from fear. I bought mine on card when it was new in ’93, and opened it soon after. Maybe that has something to do with the fact it hasn’t yet lost an appendage or crumbled to dust. Then again, maybe I’m just lucky.