DREADNOK DRIVER  
  Code Name: THRASHER  
 

Thrasher was introduced in 1986 along with Zarana, Zandar and Monkeywrench to expand the popular Dreadnok sub-faction. Apart from the retroactively Dreadnok Zartan he was the first figure from the range to be packed with a vehicle - odd for a group of bikers. Even more oddly, the vehicle was a car, a Mad Max influenced number named the Thunder Machine. In the comic he would get to do other things (though he had basically the same characterisation as all the other male Dreadnoks) but in the cartoon all he really did was drive around in the Thunder Machine - indeed, in his intro episode it was the car that landed him the job.

I'm still not entirely sure why I bought Thrasher, probably a bout of completism (at the time of writing I've yet to cave on Gnawgahyde or Burn-Out). He was a belated addition to the commemorative range as part of the online exclusive 2011 Dreadnok Battle Set. I smartly eschewed buying the set on the grounds I only wanted Zandar and have since been snaffling up the odd figures. Pride is probably the only reason I don't have the aforementioned latecomers, actually.

Thrasher largely follows the look of the original 1986 figure but with the usual G3 additions, including a more defined sculpt and a removable jerkin. While he does reuse parts for the body the result is surprisingly unique. The new head is rather odd, though - instead of the fluffy-haired gerbil-faced look of the original Thrasher instead looks like a 1950s greaser, but with a couple of green streaks in his hair. It's a strange sculpt - it looks like someone but I can't quite pin down who and that annoys me. On the plus side, his big mace-cum-lacross stick is all present and correct. Is that a plus?

For a multipack figure Thrasher does what he's meant to, but the original probably had the weakest design of all the 1980s Dreadnoks and that's faithfully carried across to the update. There's not a lot wrong with him, he's just incredibly boring compared to the other Dreadnoks. And that head cast really is very odd indeed. I wouldn't bet on him fitting in the Thunder Machine either.

 


G.I. Joe Thrasher
G.I. Joe Thrasher
G.I. Joe Thrasher
G.I. Joe Thrasher