Destro came with a black rifle, a disk launcher, three black disks, and a black figure stand.
Birthplace: Callander, Scotland
Primary Specialty: Intelligence
Destro is the 17th "Laird" of a manor house in the Scottish highlands and the current head of a centuries-old arms manufacturing firm. Tradition holds that the current head of the firm always wears a polished beryllium steel mask when in public. Destro's predecessors supplied weapons and aircraft to the British in World War II, and Destro's father was active in supplying arms to Southeast Asia. The current Destro has been somewhat more ambitious, briefly running his own organization known as the Iron Grenadiers before becoming the arms supplier for Cobra on a regular basis. Although Destro personally despises Cobra Commander, believing him to be a pompous, posturing poltroon, he knows that working with Cobra is good for business. Cobra gives Destro more latitude in designing weapons than most national military organizations, and Cobra's penchant for inciting conflict in various parts of the world ensures a continued need for weaponry. The Joes have a grudging respect for Destro even if they disagree with his motives. Believing him to be the man with a sense of personal honor, he is unlike most of Cobra's hierarchy.
From Destro's personal journal: "As long as there are people in this world, there will always be conflict. Technology advances best during times of strife and battle, and there are always those who will take advantage of this. Better it should be someone with honor."
Earlier versions of Destro (v5) came with the pink disk launcher. Later versions came with a black disk launcher.
An extremely rare, leopard print variation of Destro (version 5) has come into the hands of several collectors, and has become known as "Pimp Daddy Destro" or "PDD" among the collecting community. The color scheme has tan areas with black "leopard" spots on the collar and legs. For more information on "Pimp Daddy Destro," read the article by Peter H. Hubner in the Sit-Rep here!
Destro (version 5) is a complete repaint made from the 1992 version of Destro (version 3). The mold was also used to create Destro (v6) (2001).
Destro (version 5) was supposed to be a repaint of Destro from 1983 - but at the last minute, Hasbro used the mold from Destro (v3) to create this figure.
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 (v5).
Original Retail: $9.99
Product Number: 28017
Lee's Guide: n/a
The Ultimate Guide: n/a
Desimone Guide: n/a
Tomart's Guide: n/a
RAHC/Rank & File: CS - 006/039 - 010 - B / CS - 006/039 - 010 - A (PDD)
Action Figure Archive Guide: Vol. 2, Pg. 10