I don’t focus on the bad too much, but there’s a few figures in my collection that I just have to admit are pretty lame. While I’m sure everyone has different opinions what the worst Joes are, I felt these had the fewest redeeming features. Here’s my list of the seven worst Joes ever made in 1/18 scale:
Funskool BBQ is like my favorite lame figure. While some of the Funskool Barbeque figures had an at least passable yellow mask, there’s a variant that has a flesh tone mask! What’s it supposed to look like? Does he cover his helmet in skin? Creepy. That aside, the colors on this figure are way more iffy than the vintage figure, with sky blue replacing all the grey.
Also known as the homeless GI Joe. At this point the line’s vehicle drivers were really degrading in quality, but Wild Card’s one of the worst. In addition to looking homeless, Wild Card doesn’t have much interesting sculpting on him, and his head’s really generic. On the Brightside his backpack/machete combo isn’t bad, so at least he came with a few decent parts.
A lot of people really hate Duke, and although I’m not one of those people, I could see hating 97’ Duke. Despite having a fairly good amount of paint on him, this Duke is awful. You know how like in a fighting game, when two players pick the same character, one guy gets him in totally random colors? That’s kind of what this Duke’s like. To make matters worse, he’s made of cheap plastic and features over-sized shoulder rivets like many of the figures from that year, making him more delicate than normal.
Another lame vehicle driver, many people think Long Range is a great base for customs. It’s true, with a little reimagining there’s something to be had from the figure. However, on his own the figure looks like an unfinished prototype. He’s also another generic bearded Joe, with the lovable red “devil eyes” a few other figures have. They tried to turn this dude into a Major Bludd for Joecon once, but it wasn’t a whole lot better that way.
This figure’s really not too bizarre looking, until you look at his shoulders in comparison to where his head sits and realize this dude’s neck would be long enough to support two faces. He also wears his underwear on the outside, and has a helmet designed for mounting a rocket launcher on his head. Smart!
Now Windmill’s a figure that would’ve been better off being a generic mustachioed dude in a jumpsuit as this guys UGLY. I guess the orange and lime colors are okay for a pilot, but look at this guy! He has this weird helmet with what looks like cat ears, some sculpted details that can’t really be seen for all the orange, and a magnum that’s like three times too big.
Last and least is this guy. Hasbro’s made some really awesome ME style figures since 2007, but the first 25th sets they released were awful even when they first came out. It’s hard to chose between this figure and Duke, as Gung-Ho at least has a backpack hole, but I think there’s plenty bad here to make up for it. In addition to having a weird skin color, Gung-Ho has an oddly shaped head, almost no range of motion in any of his joints, and really weak leg joints that prevent the figure from standing much of the time. It’s so bad he’s even prone to falling backwards on a figure stand. So with little to redeem him, Gung-Ho’s pretty much a junk figure.