|Code Name: MUTT|
Mutt was the original Joe with an animal sidekick. Sure, he came out in the same series as Spirit and Freedom, but the eagle was never an inseparable partner like Mutt's dog Junkyard was. The character actually did alright in the fiction, getting a few meaty roles in the cartoon and (like Spirit) lasting the course well in the Marvel comic too. He even did alright in Fleetway's Battle Action Force, where Mutt got to be Spanish as well as one of the leading lights.
However, I was never that mad on the guy. Once you realise, in G.I. Joe at least, that his shtick is he gets along better with Junkyard than he does with anyone else he got a bit boring, and I preferred Law & Order anyway. Still, the 25th version is cheap and I have OCD, so a purchase was made.
I actually found him a little more palatable than expected. He's still no great sakes, but the loving detail is impressive - from the precisely reproduced flak jacket, padded left forearm and helmet down to the accurate accessories (a night-stick which can be held or hung around the wrist, and an uzi that can be holstered or gripped in Mutt's hands). Even Junkyard looks good, with thorough paint applications and the stupid, vicious look one generally associates with dogs.
The only real blemish is the mask for Mutt, which doesn't clip to the helmet securely, and sits so far from his actual face it looks silly anyway. That and the head design being the usual dark hair and moustache combo, meaning he looks pretty much the same as Bazooka and Heavy Metal without his helmet (though that's not really this figure's fault). Mutt is, objectively, one of the better 25th figures, fulfilling the basic aim of reproducing the original look but vastly upgrading its' range of abilities. Subjectively, I don't like Mutt and Junkyard. I wanted Law and Order. Boo!