|Code Name: DUKE|
Look at that face. Something's not quite right there, is there? That's just my bias speaking; I've never really been a fan of Duke. As a kid, he suffered from not being nearly as cool as Flint; as a bigger kid, he suffers from not being as interesting as, well, anything else, but especially Flint. Duke's just too cookie-cutter perfect.
Still, I resolved to get a toy of him anyway - the cheapest 25th Anniversary version I could find. However, that (in homage to the opening of the 1987 film) had him permanently yelling "Yo Joe!", so I went for the next cheapest. I almost wish I didn't - it has a realistic colour scheme based on the first Duke figure (including a standard green helmet, which I leave off just because he looks wrong with a helmet, despite wearing one throughout the Battle Action Force comic), rather than the bright yellow/green that somehow suits his Saturday morning personality that much better.
Nevertheless, it's a decent enough sculpt, even if the hands a) have those massive grooves on the wrists and b) struggle to hold his rifle (I switched the one which came with the figure for another to make this slightly less of a problem). There are some nice details, like the US flag on his shoulder and the buttons on his shirt al beign picked out nicely. It's a great likeness, but the character just generally leaves me so cold I have trouble getting that excited about the figure.
a post-script, I did later pick up the comic pack version of the same
mould for the bright colours. However, this seems to be a trade-off
for basically any detail on the figure, which seemed to be generally
badly made. I did pinch the head off it, though, so now my Duke has
hair that isn't the same colour as his shirt. The Marvel palette just
doesn't work on plastic, though.