Duke (Battle Corps, 1993)

Duke Battle Corps V4Love him or hate him, there’s a number of good Duke toys that have come out over the years. While I don’t think many are quite as fun as the original Duke, this Battle Corps version does provide quite a bit, especially for a Battle Corps figure.

This Duke is almost strange for being such an especially well reasoned and realistic looking figure. At a time when GI Joe was mainly remembered for ridiculous colors and goofy gimmicks, this figure slipped out amazingly removed of those elements. His uniform and sculpt are so grounded looking I can easily understand why someone might use him as an army-builder, as I’ve been so tempted in the past.

The sculpt here is full of detail while remaining mostly simplistic, which I think works in it’s favor. The figure’s helmet is sculpted on, unlike the previous three Dukes. I think the figure gains the merit of a better head sculpt from that, although it’s a bit sad to lose that playability from a removable helmet.

His accessories were well chosen for this figure too, even if they’re generic parts. He includes a pump-action shotgun, MP5-K, machete, riffle, and a boring missile launcher. As the parts are cast in black plastic, he has a rather nice and realistic set of parts compared to many of his contemporaries. I feel like this figure was heavily influenced by the Gulf War and this area is especially so.

I think if there’s a downside to this one, his paint apps are pretty thin. Overall, the figure just looks a little flat and isn’t painted many colors. It especially hurts in areas where the sculpted details like the goggles on his helmet stand out, but lack any paint. It’s nothing major though, as the rest of the paint is decent enough.

All in all, this is definitely one of my favorite 90‘s figures, and one of the better Duke’s Hasbro made.

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2 Responses to Duke (Battle Corps, 1993)

  1. Matt Owen says:

    Duke is my favorite GI Joe. None of his figures are perfect but I think this one is the most fun.

  2. Jester says:

    This figure seems to have been inspired by the 12″ “Hall of Fame” Duke figures from the previous two years, what with the desert cammies, backpack straps, and leather pistol holster and knife sheathe strapped to his legs. There was apparently supposed to be a Woodland camo repaint released in 1995 (taking inspiration from the similarly-attired “Electronic Battle Command” Duke from the 12″ line?) but sadly, like much of the 1995 line, he never resurfaced in any form.

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