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    Wave 1, 2009 Dreadnok Torch

    Blowtorch | Cobra Commander | Cobra Trooper | Duke | Firefly | Dreadnok Torch

    Review by Justin Bell

    Like Ripper in Wave 12, another Dreadnok gets the single card treatment with a brighter, more “cartoonish” color scheme.  I won’t hide the fact that I’m not a Dreadnok fan in the least.  Never really liked those figures back in 1985, and that really hasn’t changed any.  It’s strange that as much as I love Zartan and Zandar, I really don’t like Zarana or any of the Dreadnoks at all.  Either from a figure design perspective or as far as the characters go there just isn’t much that I like about these British bikers.

    Ripper was a step better than the original 25th version in Wave Twelve, partly because of the cartoon colors, but mostly because of this arm tooling being changed up.  Well, unfortunately, Torch doesn’t get any such structural improvements, and only gets a color “upgrade”.  While these brighter colors are a somewhat interesting change, they don’t necessarily add any new elements to the figure overall, and personally I don’t have any desire to own particular figures in a single card format compared to the two-packs.

    The pants are a bit brighter blue, the vest is brown instead of black, and we’ve got some tattoo swapping going on.  Unfortunately Torch still gets stuck with the original Gung Ho arms, which is pretty much inexcusable.  Those are some terrible arms and manage to bring down the affect of the entire figure.  He can’t grip his weapon, he can’t bend fully at the elbows…just bad news.  Stuff like this really makes you realize how far the Anniversary line has come in only a year and a half.

    He comes with the same weapons as the previous version, and really, there’s just nothing to write home about here.  Wave 13 is a very strong wave with the new figures, but the repaints end up being pretty oddball, worthless repaints and add nothing to the mythos as a whole.  Nothing at all to get excited about here, to tell the truth.

    GRADE: out of 5

    Archive entry:
    Dreadnok Torch (v4)

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    Images from the collection of: Justin Bell

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