|Code Name: MONKEYWRENCH|
The Dreadnoks biker gang were some of the biggest sellers for the 1985 line, and so expansion was planned for them in the 1986 series. Zartan got two siblings, Zarana and Zandar, while the Thunder Machine armoured car and its' driver, Thrasher, were also added. Monkeywrench was also created to join Buzzer, Ripper and Torch in the muscle department, though he never really seemed to catch on. It's worth noting, however, that he was one of the few named Cobras to kill a regular good guy (fatally shooting Action Force X/O Trent in the Marvel UK comic), and probably the only G.I. Joe character to come from Wales (though a couple of the Action Force characters were Welsh - UK exclusive Dolphin for one, plus I think the Fleetway version of Tripwire was from Swansea).
He was ignored by the 25th Anniversary series (considering they didn't do any of the 1986-series Dreadnoks, this isn't all that surprising), but inventive use of existing parts saw him sneaked into the Rise of Cobra two-packs - a nice bonus buried in a largely dreadful line, cf. Heavy Metal. The ubiquitous Gung Ho mould is used as the base, recoloured accordingly with Outback's head and Major Bludd's dog-tag trophies. Add in an update of Monkeywrench's original harpoon gun (taken from the 25th Anniversary Eel) and a grenade bandolier and the result is pretty good.
However, not having the distinctive shades made him about 200% less effective. Thankfully, I had a spare Rise of Cobra Baroness lying around, and with slight modification and some silver paint, her specs helped round him off (warning - only the 'Attack on the Pit' movie Baroness has removable glasses; the 'Paris Pursuit' version has them moulded to the head). The bandolier is a bit thick and doesn't sit across the shoulders too well, inevitably creeping over to rest against the neck - this also tends to cover the backpack hole, but he doesn't seem like the supply-carrying type anyway.
The really neat bit is the Dreadnok tattoo on his left arm - like Heavy Metal's unit emblem, it's affirmation that this is a backdoor 25th Anniversary figure and that whoever's working this stuff out gives a toss. He's nothing earth-shattering, and for maximum results you need to do something about giving Monkeywrench shades, but considering he's packed with the respectable recolour of Tunnel Rat, he's worth keeping an eye out for.