ENEMY WEAPONS SUPPLIER
Series: Two (1983)
Destro was released carded as part of the second series (1983). He was sold in 1984 and 1985, and was discontinued domestically in 1986.
Destro came with a black high-density laser gun and a black armed attache case. The hinge on top came apart, so that the case could actually open up.
Primary Specialty: Weapons Manufacturer
Secondary Specialty: Terrorist
Destro is the faceless power behind MARS (Military Armaments Research System), largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry. To Destro, war is man's most natural state: the fittest survive and the greatest technological advances are made. He maintains a luxurious lifestyle around the world. Destro provides high-tech arms to any side able to meet his price and will incite war where it does not exist. He dons his silver battle mask (a family tradition) and enters battle himself, either with COBRA Command (Destro is their major weapons supplier) or against them if it's better for business.
Destro respects the G.I. Joe team for their combat skills and expertise, but abhors them for wasting such skills to maintain peace. He's totally dedicated to seeing them undermined, subverted, or destroyed! Destro respects the G.I. Joe team for their combat skills and expertise, but abhors them for wasting such skills to maintain peace. He's totally dedicated to seeing them undermined, subverted, or destroyed!
There is a variation in the date stamp on Destro (v1). Some versions of Destro have the date stamp "Hasbro 1983" on the inside of his leg, while some versions have no date stamp at all. The Destro missing the date stamp seem to be slightly harder to find than the date-stamped Destros.
There are also two versions of Destro's filecard. Early versions of the filecard from 1983 and 1984 have the G.I.Joe logo on the card - versions from 1985 have the Cobra logo. The Cobra logo version is the more difficult one to find.
Destro's body is completely original - all new body parts. None of his parts were ever used in other figures.
The figure is extremely tall - the figure is almost four inches in height. In addition, Destro has unique swivel-arm pieces.
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
In the United Kingdom and Europe, Destro was given a red t-shirt and released with the red Action Force HISS tank as Red Jackal. Destro was also released on Action Force cards.
In Argentina, some versions of Destro were released with a different waistpiece. Leftover stock was eventually packaged with a playset or a plastic trench.
Destro was initally released in Mexico in a window box. Later releases paired him with the Mountain Climber or the Rope Crosser.
Destro was also released in Japan.
Versions of Destro
In 2009, Hasbro released a figure named "James McCullen XXIV," the actual name of the "Destro" identity.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Destro (v1).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6427
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83015
Desimone Guide: #33
Tomart's Guide: #GI5139
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 24 (1st Ed.), Pg. 36 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a