DREADNOK  
  Code Name: ZANZIBAR  
 

The Dreadnoks were beginning to move away from their biker roots in the late 1980s and in 1987 they got their own pirate. Zanzibar was originally packed with the Dreadnok Air Skiff, a sort-of punk dentist's chair with an engine strapped to the back.

Thankfully this 'vehicle' had disappeared by the time the character resurfaced in the 30th Anniversary Dreadnok battle set. The basic concept of Zanzibar - evil biker pirate LOL - is a little bit try-hard for my tastes, or so I thought, but I bought him anyway because he was cheap.

Compared to most of the figures in the pack Zanzibar has a substantially altered look. The leather jerkin is gone in favour of a bare chest and standalone shoulder pads which do look a bit odd - what exactly is holding them in place? The plain legs of the original have been upgraded to a more intricate asymmetrical pair - he has a bronze shin guard on his right leg and a pirate boot on the other. No idea why, but it does look cool. The head cast is also superb - the original had the same weird head ridge as the first Zarana figure and a very tacky looking nylon ponytail. This is all moulded as a single smooth piece now - oddly his eyepatch has switched sides too.

Zanzibar is also blessed with some great accessories. The random hammer/spear combo of the original is dropped in favour of a more apposite cutlass and Flintlock-style pistol while there's also a more conventional revolver in a knee holster and a dagger in a scabbard on his back. The latter tends to fall off and is rather lost mounted back there but it doesn't get in the way. Overall I like Zanzibar a lot more than I expected considering the rather wobbly concept. The only real fault are the weird floating shoulder pads; otherwise it's a surprisingly thoughtful tribute to a largely forgotten character.

G.I. Joe Zanzibar
G.I. Joe Zanzibar
G.I. Joe Zanzibar
G.I. Joe Zanzibar