DREADNOK  
  Code Name: RIPPER  
 

Along with Buzzer and Torch, Ripper was one of the original Dreadnoks, Cobra's amiably stupid hired biker gang. In terms of figures, Ripper seems to have been the most popular of the trio, getting two Generation 2 figures, and two 25th Anniversary versions - one featuring the green camo shirt seen on the original figure and in the comics, and a second featuring the leopard-skin shirt seen in the cartoon.

I went for the 'cartoon' version because it's more colourful, if maybe a little bit too similar to Buzzer. It's bright and cheerful, and fits in with the way the Dreadnoks are largely, well, cartoony characters. Ripper is very much a guilty pleasure - for God's sake, he's wearing a leopard-pattern top.

Indeed, it's an excellent rendition of the character, with both his shirt and belt/shoulder strap being separate moulded pieces rather than raised detail, giving the figure real bulk. There's a great head cast as well, complete with Mohican and silver shades.

As well as his standard rifle with oversized bayonet (for ripping things, naturally), Ripper also has a jackhammer, complete with (non-working) motor backpack. This can actually be a bit of a bugger to pose, as the tube tends to pop out very easily - personally I tend to just make do with the rifle, though this does make him look rather lightly equipped compared to Torch and Buzzer. But that's really the only fault of a fine figure.


G.I. Joe Ripper
G.I. Joe Ripper
G.I. Joe Ripper
G.I. Joe Ripper