#1039 - Vypra
GI Joe came storming back to store shelves in 1997 with the Real American Hero Collection. The series was built mostly around returning classic characters like Duke, Snake Eyes and Scarlett, but also included a couple of new characters as well. One of these was Vypra. Although it seems like a contradiction to me, she was a vehicle driver while being a ninja. I suppose even ninjas need transportation to get to their missions.
I wanted to tweak her character for my custom version. Since her filecard primary military specialty is Intelligence, I imagine her as being an infiltrator, a covert mission specialist, a spy. She is superbly trained to fight hand-to-hand but if she is required to do so, her mission will probably end in failure, since that means that she has been found out.
With her new specialty, I picked parts that moved her away from the ninja look. I kept the general color pallet.
All: Marauder MTF
#1040 - Duke (1997)
GI Joe came storming back to store shelves in 1997 with the Real American Hero Collection. No GI Joe relaunch would be complete without a Duke figure, so one was released with a repaint of the Silver Mirage Motorcycle. This time, Duke was sporting a similar color scheme to his Tiger Force version, but different. For my custom, I tried to play up the differences, while keeping the feel of the 1997 version. This custom will be part of my jungle squad of Joes.
Head: PoC Duke
Torso, arms: Retaliation Kwinn
Legs: 50th Hit & Run
Belt: 25th Roadblock
Bandolier: 25th Duke