|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.
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.
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.