Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1994 Metal Head - Around the Web

In general, Cobra figures were the first figures to sell out after Joe stopped shipping to retail.  For someone desperately trying to fill gaps in their collection in 1995 and 1996, it was incredibly frustrating to see these aweome Cobras on the cardbacks but not on the shelves.  In the instances when I did find a Cobra, though, I usually bought him without hesitation.  Among the few Cobras I found at the time was the 1994 Metal Head figure.

I was aware of the Metal Head character from the comic and a kid down the street had the 1990 figure that I had seen after I had quit buying Joes.  So, I jumped at a chance to get a new version of him: purple weapons and all.  Like most of the later run figures, there's not a ton of content out there in regards to the figure.  But, here's what I could come up with:

Metal Head Profile

Metal Head at JoeADay.com

Metal Head Dio 1

Metal Head Pre-Production at YoJoe.com

Metal Head Dio 2

Metal Head at 3DJoes.com

Metal Head Dio 3

Metal Head at Wikipedia

1994 Battle Corps Metal Head, Star Brigade Cobra Blackstar, Funskool Crimson Guard Immortal

1994 Battle Corps Metal Head, Mega Marines Cyber Viper, 1993, Action Soldier, Monster Blaster APC

1994 Battle Corps Metal Head, Star Brigade Cobra Blackstar, Funskool Crimson Guard Immortal


  1. I guess his heavy use in the Dic cartoon led to this second version. Seems odd now, as he's been largely ignored in media and toy lines since.

    The sighting device over one eye and the fuschia are reminiscent of Voltar. Wish they had not made his waist that color, as now he appears to be wearing a leotard. The moppish hair, the crazy grin and the crosshairs eyepiece definitely make this recognizable as Metal-Head.

    Rock-Viper legs. They work, though they got those angled toes.

  2. Great Head Sculpt and no fragile pegs sticking out everywhere. Not as memorable as the 1990 figure which had better colors and accessories.