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Destro



File Name: James McCullen Destro XXIV of Callander, Scotland.
Notes: Callander is a tourist town near Loch Lomond known as the "Gateway to the Highlands." Other characters from Scotland are Windchill of Loch Lomond and Rowdy Roddy Piper of Glasgow. The 97, 07/I, and 08/II filecards give the name James McMullen; 09 has only James McCullen; the 02, 05/I, and 08/II filecards misspell the town Callender.




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Animated Appearances

Sunbow VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Arthur Burghardt716,338 seconds6887,268
DiC VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Maurice LaMarche262,678 seconds2883,569
Reel FX VoiceAppearancesTime Identifiable On ScreenTotal Lines (In Own Voice)Total Words
Scott McNeil3382 seconds30353

Notes: Sunbow's Destro wore his 1983 outfit, with a more pronounced red collar. His gloves were entirely silver and usually had no wrist rockets visible (although they were used in The Greenhouse Effect). The first miniseries and early ads gave him prominent facial shadows that receded gradually from The Revenge of Cobra to the early first season. Sunbow also animated Destro in his 1988 outfit for a few late commercials.

In the DiC series, Destro had his 1988 outfit, changing to the 1992 outfit with a white mask for season 2. Reel FX based its Destro on the 2003 version. Both DiC and Reel FX kept Destro and other Iron Grenadier-aligned characters and troops as part of Cobra.

 

A Real American Hero Opening9 seconds (silent)
A Real American Hero, Part 1201 seconds14 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 2157 seconds15 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 384 seconds8 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 4138 seconds22 lines
A Real American Hero, Part 5283 seconds27 lines
The Revenge of Cobra Opening6 seconds (silent)
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 1141 seconds17 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 2109 seconds7 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 323 seconds1 line
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 4105 seconds10 lines
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 5161 seconds20 lines
Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)6 seconds (silent)
Countdown for Zartan89 seconds10 lines
Cobra Soundwaves107 seconds15 lines
Cobra Stops the World66 seconds6 lines
Haul Down the Heavens60 seconds8 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 165 seconds6 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 254 seconds7 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 343 seconds4 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 4141 seconds8 lines
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 557 seconds6 lines
Battle for the Train of Gold20 seconds2 lines
Operation Mind Menace137 seconds13 lines
Lights! Camera! Cobra!98 seconds11 lines
Red Rocket's Glare64 seconds8 lines
Satellite Down30 seconds3 lines
Money to Burn26 seconds3 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 1116 seconds12 lines
The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 2104 seconds15 lines
Spell of the Siren178 seconds20 lines
The Gamesmaster123 seconds19 lines
The Greenhouse Effect186 seconds17 lines
The Viper Is Coming59 seconds7 lines
Where the Reptiles Roam89 seconds9 lines
Lasers in the Night96 seconds12 lines
The Germ27 seconds3 lines
Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent21 seconds3 lines
Excalibur87 seconds9 lines
Worlds Without End Part I66 seconds4 lines
Worlds Without End Part II62 seconds11 lines
Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town105 seconds7 lines
Eau de Cobra160 seconds14 lines
Primordial Plot154 seconds12 lines
Flint's Vacation23 seconds4 lines
Hearts and Cannons111 seconds22 lines
Memories of Mara151 seconds30 lines
The Wrong Stuff109 seconds19 lines
The Pit of Vipers124 seconds13 lines
Cold Slither103 seconds7 lines
Skeletons in the Closet284 seconds35 lines
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 18 seconds1 line
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 225 seconds3 lines
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)2 seconds (silent)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 187 seconds4 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 360 seconds7 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 4158 seconds15 lines
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 5123 seconds9 lines
Last Hour to Doomsday174 seconds21 lines
Sink the Montana204 seconds25 lines
Cobrathon75 seconds11 lines
My Favorite Things77 seconds7 lines
Joe's Night Out1 second (silent)
Sins of Our Fathers88 seconds10 lines
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep73 seconds8 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening5 seconds (silent)
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 157 seconds4 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 216 seconds1 line
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 335 seconds3 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 442 seconds3 lines
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 510 seconds1 line
Operation Dragonfire: Day 1139 seconds14 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 2131 seconds17 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 314 seconds2 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 435 seconds6 lines
Operation Dragonfire: Day 591 seconds17 lines
Season 1 Opening (DiC)1 second (silent)
Revenge of the Pharaohs102 seconds14 lines
Granny Dearest56 seconds5 lines
Victory at Volcania Part 1145 seconds18 lines
Victory at Volcania Part 298 seconds14 lines
General Confusion92 seconds8 lines
Night of the Creepers92 seconds6 lines
I Found You...Evy32 seconds6 lines
An Officer and a Viperman190 seconds20 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 1226 seconds18 lines
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 293 seconds13 lines
BIOK235 seconds27 lines
The Eliminator85 seconds8 lines
El Dorado–The Lost City of Gold123 seconds4 lines
Messenger from the Deep144 seconds13 lines
A Is for Android61 seconds5 lines
Shadow of a Doubt138 seconds15 lines
Keyboard Warriors115 seconds17 lines
Metal-Head's Reunion98 seconds7 lines
Basic Training2 seconds (silent)
The Legend of Metal-Head140 seconds14 lines
Spy Troops: The Movie240 seconds18 lines
Valor vs. Venom139 seconds12 lines
Ninja Battles3 seconds (silent)

Headcanon

Born September 16, 1945. Following family tradition, Destro spent five years as a mercenary soldier before inheriting the CEO position of the MARS weapons corporation. Because of his business acumen and military prowess, he was elected over an older brother. At that time Cobra Commander had infiltrated the research arm of China's War Department, using the alias Geng Tao. The Commander traced a curious trail of defense money to MARS and found common cause with Destro. Both enjoyed wealth, but whereas the Commander sought power, Destro saw war as an end in itself. Despite his greater potential to be a skillful leader, any ambitions Destro ever had for power were purely pragmatic. His wisdom and reliability, along with his tolerance for being a scapegoat, made him the Commander's closest advisor. As Destro and Cobra Commander designed the equipment for the army they hoped to form, the Commander focused on lighter, more "open" armor (such as FANGs and Ferrets) while Destro designed more heavy-duty hardware that protected its operator (like the HISS tank).

Once Cobra went public, Destro retained control of the MARS Corporation but spent most of his time planning and coordinating missions or leading armor missions. After many disagreements over Cobra's leadership, Destro left Cobra altogether in April 1985, forming the rival Iron Grenadiers, but was persuaded to return to Cobra in 1991 for their renewed efforts to conquer the world. His appearance is represented by Version 18, changing to Version 16 in 1985, and Version 11 in 1991.

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983
2. 1988 (Iron Grenadiers)
3. 1992
4. 1993 (Cobra-Tech)
5. 1997 (3-Pack)
6. 2001 (RAH Collection)
7. 2002/I (JvC Wave 1)
8. 2002/II (Dominator)
9. 2002/III (JvC Wave 1.35)
10. 2003 (Spy Troops)
11. 2004 (Valor vs. Venom)
12. 2005/I (Comic #25)
13. 2005/II (Convention)
14. 2007/I (SDCC)
15. 2007/II (25th Cobra set)
16. 2008/I (25th Wave 5)
17. 2008/II (Comic #14)
18. 2008/III (DVD)
19. 2008/IV (Comic #7)
20. 2008/V (Senior Ranking Officers)
21. 2008/VI (Ultimate Battle Pack)
22. 2009 (Comic Wave 8)
Version 1: 1983 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0024: Enemy Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Terrorist
  • head: Destro (83) - remolded with ball joint: Destro (88)
  • arms: Destro (83)
  • torso: Destro (83)
  • waist: Destro (83)
  • legs: Destro (83)
Accessories: black backpack (new, opens like briefcase); black pistol (new, Mauser C96)
Destro is the faceless power behind MARS (Military Armaments Research System), largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry. To Destro, war is man's most natural state: the fittest survive and the greatest technological advances are made. He maintains a luxurious lifestyle around the world. Destro provides high-tech arms to any side able to meet his price and will incite war where it does not exist. He dons his silver battle mask (a family tradition) and enters battle himself, either with COBRA Command (Destro is their major weapons supplier) or against them if it's better for business.
Destro respects the G.I. Joe team for their combat skills and expertise, but abhors them for wasting such skills to maintain peace. He's totally dedicated to seeing them undermined, subverted, or destroyed!
Variations: Some figures were produced without a date stamp on the inside leg.
Toy Notes: First figure to receive his own commercial; also taller than most figures. Item #6427.
Re-releases: Recolored versions were released in Argentina as Fuera de la Ley and in Europe as Red Jackal.
Version 2: 1988 boxed Despoiler vehicle
Fig. #0171
  • head: Destro (83) - remolded with ball joint: Destro (88)
  • arms: Destro (88)
  • torso: Destro (88), Overlord (06)
  • waist: Destro (88)
  • legs: Destro (88)
Accessories: gold sword (new, Claymore with short chain); figure must be disassembled to remove red cloth cape
Once a major supplier and advisor to Cobra, DESTRO now pursues his own diabolical aims. Building up a small army of Iron Grenadiers from his private bodyguards, he incites unrest in unstable countries, creating new markets for his armament. As his influence grows around the world, he dreams the dreams that COBRA COMMANDER once dreamed.
"One of Destro's ancestors started the family fortune by selling arms to both sides during the English civil war. One ancestor was caught in the act by Cromwell's men, and was made to wear an uncomfortable steel mask. (They had to punish him, but they still wanted his weapons.) Since that time, the lairds of the Destro clan have worn the mask with pride and passed it down to succeeding generations!"
Toy Notes: Item #6059. The 1988 insert catalog shows Destro with a white sword and no cape.
Version 3: 1992 Wave 1 regular carded assortment
Fig. #0327: Enemy Weapons Supplier
  • head: Destro (92, 93, 97, 01, 05/II)
  • arms: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • torso: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • waist: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
  • legs: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
Accessories: black machine gun (new, laser-powered XL-14); black disc launcher (new, with red trigger); two red discs (new); black figure stand
From his grim castle in the Scottish highlands, DESTRO builds and peddles his instruments of destruction! Destro and COBRA COMMANDER despise each other, but maintain an alliance of convenience. Although Destro is twice the tactician and three times the soldier than Cobra Commander, he is disadvantaged by his own sense of honor in the face of Cobra Commander's utter ruthlessness! This master of armaments frequently commands Cobra's newest battlefield devastator - the Earthquake!
"If I didn't make and sell weaponry, somebody REALLY evil would be doing it!"
Toy Notes: Item #6729.
Version 4: 1993 Star Brigade Cobra-Tech carded assortment, #6
Fig. #0400: Cobra-Tech CommanderMOS 1: Cyber-Tech Weapons Dealer
MOS 2: Weapons Manufacturing and Supply
  • head: Destro (92, 93, 97, 01, 05/II)
  • left arm: Destro (93)
  • right arm: BAAT (93), Destro (93)
  • body: Destro (93)
  • legs: BAAT (93), Destro (93)
Accessories: clear helmet (new, dome with black armor on back); silver laser pistol (88 Iron Grenadier's); silver submachine gun (89 Snake Eyes's); silver submachine gun (88 Voltar's modified Uzi); silver laser rifle (91 Sci-Fi's); two silver missiles (common for 93 Cobras); silver knife (88 Hydro-Viper's); silver figure stand
From his new armor-plated space fortress guarded by Cobra B.A.A.T.s, DESTRO builds and peddles his galactic instruments of destruction! Destro has always been G.I. Joe's worst enemy, next to COBRA COMMANDER of course, but now that he sells his own Robotic Battle Armor space suits made from designs he stole during a raid on a G.I. Joe science lab, he's more dangerous than ever! (The G.I. Joe scientist who developed the plans was nearly destroyed during Destro's raid, but was brought back to life as ROBO-J.O.E.!) The dark and desolate dangers of space create a mysterious battlefield where only the strongest and bravest survive - so Destro's days are surely numbered!
Motto: "Someday the Earth will bow at my feet, and I'll drop kick it like a football!"
Toy Notes: Item #81112.
Version 5: 1997 three-pack assortment
Fig. #0505: Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (92, 93, 97, 01, 05/II)
  • arms: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • torso: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • waist: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
  • legs: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
Accessories: black machine gun (92 Destro's XL-14); black disc launcher (92 Destro's, with black trigger); three black discs (92 Destro's); black figure stand
Destro is the 17th "Laird" of a manor house in the Scottish highlands and the current head of a centuries-old arms manufacturing firm. Tradition holds that the current head of the firm always wears a polished beryllium steel mask when in public. Destro's predecessors supplied weapons and aircraft to the British in World War II, and Destro's father was active in supplying arms to Southeast Asia. The current Destro has been somewhat more ambitious, briefly running his own organization known as the Iron Grenadiers before becoming the arms supplier for Cobra on a regular basis. Although Destro personally despises Cobra Commander, believing him to be a pompous, posturing poltroon, he knows that working with Cobra is good for business. Cobra gives Destro more latitude in designing weapons than most military organizations, and Cobra's penchant for inciting conflict in various parts of the world ensures a continued need for weaponry. The Joes have a grudging respect for Destro even if they disagree with his motives. Believing him to be the man with a senseof personal honor, he is unlike most of Cobra's hierarchy.
From Destro's personal journal: "As long as there are people in this world, there will always be conflict. Technology advances best during times of strife and battle, and there are always those who will take advantage of this. Better it should be someone with honor."
Variations: Card art and pre-production photos show that this figure was intended to be a recolor of the 1983 version. Early releases came with pink disc launchers instead of black. At one stage of preproduction, the figure was designed with leopard-print collar and thighs. The resulting "Pimp Daddy Destro," so named by the fan community, made it as far as packaged samples before being redesigned. Of these, perhaps a hundred ended up on store shelves. The elusive variant is an ultra-high-demand item and was popular enough to inspire the 2007 convention design. (Collector Peter Hubner has extensive information about this variant.)
Toy Notes: Carded in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive Cobra Command Team three-pack with Baroness (97) and Cobra Commander (97). Item #28017.
Version 6: 2001 Real American Hero Collection Wave 3 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0561: Enemy Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Terrorist
  • head: Destro (92, 93, 97, 01, 05/II)
  • arms: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • torso: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • waist: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
  • legs: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
Accessories: black machine gun (92 Destro's XL-14); black figure stand
The faceless power behind the largest manufacturer of weapons technology, not much is known about Destro other than his reputation for anything at a price. Power is the name of his game and he plays to win - every time. Wherever there's a battle brewing, there's Destro. In fact, he'll incite a battle where one doesn't exist just to further his cause. Doesn't mind getting into the thick of it himself, if it'll turn a profit. Hard to believe anyone could be that diabolical. Anyone but Destro, that is. The silver battle mask he wears into battle is a family tradition and one he displays with pride. Makes you wonder what those folks talked about at the holiday dinner table! The only thing more apparent than his love of cash is his hatred for G.I. Joe. He respects them for their combat skills and expertise on the battlefield, but finds their methods worthless and wasteful in the pursuit of peace. He's cold, calculating, ruthless, and despicable - and those are his better qualities.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Fast Blast Viper (01). Item #53040.
Version 7: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1 two-pack assortment (02/I)
Fig. #0582MOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Terrorist
  • head: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
  • upper arms: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • lower arms: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
  • torso: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • waist: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • upper legs: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • lower legs: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Low-Light's); black submachine gun (84 Firefly's MOD EEP KEDR-B); black machine gun (92 Destro's XL-14); black walkie-talkie (84 Firefly's)
There are people who always make a profit from war. DESTRO is one of them. It is because of war that the Scottish DESTRO family has thrived for centuries. They build and supply weapons to any side who can meet their price. The latest leader of the DESTRO clan is one of G.I. Joe's most dangerous adversaries. He often steals the US government's most advanced secrets - and then his corporation makes big profits from the theft. DESTRO also causes armed conflicts around the world to create a market for his goods. Recently, his North American operations were damaged by GUNG-HO, causing DESTRO to lose millions of dollars. Now, DESTRO is out for revenge against GUNG-HO and the G.I. JOE team.
"Some people call me corrupt. To me, I'm just a businessman supplying what people want."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Gung-Ho (02/I). Item #53099. Later filecards replaced the word terrorist with thief.
Version 8: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1 boxed Dominator vehicle (02/II)
Fig. #0594MOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Terrorist
  • head: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
  • upper arms: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • lower arms: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
  • torso: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • waist: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • upper legs: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • lower legs: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
Accessories: none
There are people who always make a profit from war. DESTRO is one of them. It is because of war that the Scottish DESTRO family has thrived for centuries. They build and supply weapons to any side who can meet their price. The latest leader of the DESTRO clan is one of G.I. Joe's most dangerous adversaries. He often steals the US government's most advanced secrets - and then his corporation makes big profits from the theft. DESTRO also causes armed conflicts around the world to create a market for his goods. Recently, his North American operations were damaged by GUNG-HO, causing DESTRO to lose millions of dollars. Now, DESTRO is out for revenge against GUNG-HO and the G.I. JOE team.
"Some people call me corrupt. To me, I'm just a businessman supplying what people want."
Toy Notes: Item #53141. Later filecards replaced the word terrorist with thief.
Version 9: 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1.35 two-pack assortment (02/III)
Fig. #0607MOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
  • upper arms: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • lower arms: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
  • torso: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • waist: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • upper legs: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III), Wild Weasel (03)
  • lower legs: Destro (02/I, 02/II, 02/III)
Accessories: black backpack (91 Low-Light's); black submachine gun (84 Firefly's MOD EEP KEDR-B); black machine gun (92 Destro's XL-14); black walkie-talkie (84 Firefly's)
There are people who always make a profit from war. DESTRO is one of them. It is because of war that the Scottish DESTRO family has thrived for centuries. They build and supply weapons to any side who can meet their price. The latest leader of the DESTRO clan is one of G.I. Joe's most dangerous adversaries. He often steals the US government's most advanced secrets - and then his corporation makes big profits from the theft. DESTRO also causes armed conflicts around the world to create a market for his goods. Recently, his North American operations were damaged by GUNG-HO, causing DESTRO to lose millions of dollars. Now, DESTRO is out for revenge against GUNG-HO and the G.I. JOE team.
"Some people call me corrupt. To me, I'm just a businessman supplying what people want."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Gung-Ho (02/II). Item #53099.
Version 10: 2003 Spy Troops Wave 7 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0742: COBRA Weapons Supplier
  • head: Destro (03, 04)
  • arms: Destro (03)
  • torso: Destro (03)
  • waist: Destro (03), Hannibal: Reborn (06)
  • legs: Destro (03), Hannibal: Reborn (06)
Accessories: dark green holster belt (new); two black revolvers (02 Dr. Mindbender's); black shotgun (new, SPAS-12 combat shotgun)
Descended from a long line of arms dealers, smugglers, and tax-evaders that dates back to the time of Robert the Bruce, DESTRO has expanded the family business by making it a truly international operation. His corporation not only manufactures and brokers weapons and war materials, but it also employs agents to spark new conflicts and create new market opportunities for his products. An excellent tactical thinker, DESTRO is known for his calculated cunning, coolness under fire and ruthless determination. For all of his despicable dealings and heinous affiliations, he still considers himself a man of honor and takes pride in the unflagging loyalty he has shown to both COBRA COMMANDER and the BARONESS. A person of serious contradictions, he is arrogant but humble, mercenary but generous, and cruel but fair.
"I see no shame in my profession. For most of history the right to bear a weapon was the only distinction between a free man and a slave."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Grunt (03/II). Item #54426. Unflagging loyalty to Cobra Commander?
Version 11: 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 2 two-pack assortment
Fig. #0834: COBRA Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapon Manufacturer
MOS 2: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (03, 04)
  • arms: Destro (04), Range Viper (05)
  • torso: Destro (04)
  • waist: Destro (04)
  • legs: Destro (04)
Accessories: black shotgun (03 Destro's SPAS-12); two black flare guns (90 Stretcher's)
DESTRO is the chief weapons supplier to the COBRA organization, and a man of raging inner conflicts. Although he finds the aims and methods of COBRA COMMANDER to be distasteful, he is obligated to deal with him for the sake of family business. DESTRO often finds that his differences with COBRA seem unimportant in the face of his utter hatred for G.I. JOE and all it stands for. Masterful in command and cool in the face of danger, DESTRO, the man in the steel mask, is one of the most formidable foes the G.I. JOE Team has ever faced. A brilliant and innovative tactician who is skilled in most armed and unarmed martial disciplines, he is just as effective on the front line of combat as he is in the planning room.
"I have no respect for a commander who would send his troops into a situation he would not enter himself. That is not a military commander; that is a meat processing executive."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Kamakura (04/I). Item #55905.
Version 12: 2005 Wave 2 comic three-pack assortment (05/I)
Fig. #1043: COBRA Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapon Manufacturer
MOS 2: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (05/I)
  • arms: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • torso: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I)
  • waist: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
  • legs: Destro (92, 97, 01, 05/I), M. Bison (93/I, 93/II)
Accessories: black submachine gun (02 Neo-Viper's Skorpion); black shotgun (03 Destro's SPAS-12)
DESTRO is the chief weapons supplier to the COBRA organization, and a man of raging inner conflicts. Although he finds the aims and methods of COBRA COMMANDER to be distasteful, he is obligated to deal with him for the sake of family business. DESTRO often finds that his differences with COBRA seem unimportant in the face of his utter hatred for G.I. JOE and all it stands for. Masterful in command and cool in the face of danger, DESTRO, the man in the steel mask, is one of the most formidable foes the G.I. JOE Team has ever faced. A brilliant and innovative tactician who is skilled in most armed and unarmed martial disciplines, he is just as effective on the front line of combat as he is in the planning room.
"I have no respect for a commander who would send his troops into a situation he would not enter himself. That is not a military commander; that is a meat processing executive."
Toy Notes: Carded in a three-pack with Duke (05/III), Roadblock (05/2), and a reprint of Marvel #24. Item #61062.
Version 13: 2005 General Mayhem: M.A.R.S. Invades! boxed set
Fig. #1072: IRON GRENADIERS LeaderMOS 1: Weapon Manufacturer
MOS 2: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (92, 93, 97, 01, 05/II)
  • arms: Crimson Guard Immortal (91, 03), Destro (05/II)
  • torso: Crimson Guard Immortal (91, 03), Destro (05/II)
  • waist: Crimson Guard Immortal (91, 03), Destro (05/II)
  • legs: Crimson Guard Immortal (91, 03), Destro (05/II)
Accessories: grey backpack (91 Crimson Guard); two grey missile launchers (91 Crimson Guard's); six grey missiles (91 Crimson Guard's); grey ammo belt (91 Crimson Guard's); clear figure stand
As Commander of the IRON GRENADIERS and CEO of M.A.R.S. (Military Armaments Research Systems), DESTRO leads the world in weapons development and production. He is also one of the most feared tyrants in the world, simply because of his sheer brilliance. A strange mixture of honorable and terrifying, he instigates conflict, not out of emotional hatred or personal plans of world conquest, but for the weapons sales that will follow. He seeks financial domination over his enemies, but wisely leaves political conquest to mad schemers like COBRA COMMANDER. He comes away victorious even when his allies fail, because he usually has sold weapons to both sides. Even the G.I. JOE Team unknowingly uses M.A.R.S. equipment purchased from dummy companies!
Honor demands DESTRO be in the thick of battle with his troops, and family tradition dictates he wear gold regalia for full scale conflicts. Not just a gaudy show of power, his field battle armor is, of course, practical and functional, being a more advanced prototype version of armor he has sold to other military forces. He has also traded his infamous wrist rockets for more stylish hand-held missile launchers.
"Militarily speaking, of course my gleaming helmet makes an obvious target. It is also the most protected part of my armor!"
Toy Notes: Boxed in a convention-exclusive set with Gen. Mayhem (05), Metal-Head (05), five copies of Iron Anvil (05), and five copies of Iron Grenadier (05).
Version 14: 2007 San Diego Comic Convention exclusive (07/I)
Fig. #1159: Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black pocket pistol (05 Bombstrike's) or black miniature pistol (06 Red Zone's); silver Cobra figure stand
DESTRO is the 17th "Laird" of a manor house in the Scottish highlands and the current head of the firm always wears a poilshed beryllium steel mask when in public. His predecessors supplied weapons and aircraft to the British in World War II; his father supplied arms to Southeast Asia. The current DESTRO has been more ambitious, running his own organization known as the IRON GRENADIER troops before becoming the arms supplier for COBRA. Although DESTRO personally despises COBRA COMMANDER, believing him to be a pompous, posturing poltroon, he knows that working with COBRA is good for business.
From the personal journal of DESTRO: "As long as there are people in this world, there will always be conflict. Technology advances best during times of strife and battle, and there are always those who will take advantage of this. Better it should be someone with honor."
Variations: An official gold-headed variant was produced at lower (but undisclosed) quantities and sold alongside the silver-headed figure, with a few AFA-graded copies sold through Hasbro's website. This variant is considered an ultra-high-demand item. (The head is identical to version 16 and is the only distinguishing feature, and so loose figures lacking the card and stand may be cobbled together rather than original. Their loose value should therefore be roughly that of the silver-head figures.)
Toy Notes: Available at the spring San Diego Comic Convention and later at the fall Joe convention. Item #26248 (gold) or #26723 (silver). Based on the preproduction leopard-print variant of the 1997 version. This is considered a high-demand item.
Version 15: 2007 25th Anniversary Cobra boxed set (07/II)
Fig. #1173: Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black attache case (new, with "MARS" on front, opens); black pocket pistol (05 Bombstrike's); black submachine gun (05 Duke's MP5K); black miniature pistol (05 Red Zone's); black case-concealed pistol (new, squarish, fits into case); black Cobra figure stand
DESTRO is the faceless power behind Military Armaments Research System, the largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry. To DESTRO, war is man's most natural state: the fittest survive and the greatest technological advances are made. He maintains a luxurious lifestyle around the world. DESTRO provides high-tech arms to any side able to meet his price and will incite war where it does not exist. He dons his silver battle mask (a family tradition) and enters battle himself, either with COBRA Command (DESTRO is their major weapons supplier) or against them if it's better for business.
DESTRO respects the G.I. JOE team for their combat skills and expertise, but abhors them for wasting such skills to maintain peace. He's totally dedicated to seeing them undermined, subverted, or destroyed!
Toy Notes: Boxed in a set with Baroness (07), Cobra (07/I), Cobra Commander (08/II), and Storm Shadow (07/II), as well as a sound box that played a portion of the cartoon theme music. Item #26758.
Re-releases: Carded singly in winter 2007-08 as part of the 25th Anniversary Wave 4 assortment.
Version 16: 2008 25th Anniversary Wave 5 carded assortment (08/I)
Fig. #1209: Iron Grenadier LeaderMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • upper arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • lower arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • body: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • legs: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
Accessories: gold scabbard (new, with belt that fastens in front); gold revolver (shared with Snow Job); gold sword (new, with black grip and silver blade curved at tip); black Cobra figure stand
Once a major supplier and advisor to the COBRA organization, DESTRO now purses his own diabolical aims. Building up a small army of IRON GRENADIER troopers from his private bodyguards, he incites unrest in unstable coutries, creating new markets for his armament. As his influence grows around the world, he dreams the dreams that COBRA COMMANDER once dreamed.
"One of his ancestors started the family fortune by selling arms to both sides during the English Civil War. One ancestor was caught in the act by Cromwell's men, and was made to wear an uncomfortable steel mask. (They had to punish him, but they still wanted his weapons.) Since that time, the lairds of the DESTRO clan have worn the mask with pride and passed it down to succeeding generations."
Toy Notes: Item #28933.
Version 17: 2008 comic two-pack assortment (08/II)
Fig. #1221: Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black pocket pistol (05 Bombstrike's); black miniature pistol (06 Red Zone's); black Cobra figure stand
DESTRO is the faceless power behind Military Armaments Research System, the largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry. To DESTRO, war is man's most natural state: the fittest survive and the greatest technological advances are made. He maintains a luxurious lifestyle around the world. He provides high-tech arms to any side able to meet his price and will incite conflict where it doesn't exist. He dons his silver battle mask (a family tradition) and enters battle himself, either with COBRA (DESTRO is their major weapons supplier) or against them if it's better for business.
DESTRO respects the G.I. JOE team for their combat skills and expertise, but abhors them for wasting such skills to maintain peace. He's totally dedicated to seeing them undermined, subverted, or destroyed!
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Cpl. Breaker (08/I) and a reprint of Marvel #14. Item #28939.
Version 18: 2008 DVD Battles assortment (08/III)
Fig. #1297: Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Mercenary
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: grey miniature pistol (Red Zone's); black Cobra figure stand; some may regard the four-piece Weather Dominator included with the set to be an accessory of Destro's.
DESTRO is the chief supplier of weapons to the COBRA organization and a technological mastermind. He is the creator of the diabolical WEATHER DOMINATOR machine that can manipulate weather anywhere on earth to cause disaster and chaos. When the machine's pieces are scattered around the globe, he battles the G. I. JOE team and the double-crossing ZARTAN to rebuild it. He is focused on achieving power and is furious when COBRA COMMANDER turns his attention to petty concerns. Coming from a long line of warriors, he has an exceptional grasp of military tactics, making him a dangeorus and devious enemy of the G. I. JOE team.
"I shall destroy G. I. JOE with the irresistible power of nature itself!"
Toy Notes: Boxed with Lady Jaye (08), Roadblock (08/II), MASS Device generator, and The Revenge of Cobra DVD. Item #37251.
Version 19: 2008 Wave 5 comic two-pack assortment (08/IV)
Fig. #1305: Iron Grenadier LeaderMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • upper arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • lower arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • body: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • legs: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
Accessories: black scabbard (08/I Destro's); black revolver (08/I Destro's); silver sword (08/I Destro's, with black grip and gold blade); black Cobra figure stand
Once a major supplier and advisor to the COBRA organization, DESTRO now purses his own diabolical aims. Building up a small army of IRON GRENADIER troopers from his private bodyguards, he incites unrest in unstable coutries, creating new markets for his armament. As his influence grows around the world, he dreams the dreams that COBRA COMMANDER once dreamed.
"One of his ancestors started the family fortune by selling arms to both sides during the English Civil War. One ancestor was caught in the act by Cromwell's men, and was made to wear an uncomfortable steel mask. (They had to punish him, but they still wanted his weapons.) Since that time, the lairds of the DESTRO clan have worn the mask with pride and passed it down to succeeding generations."
Variations: A deliberate "chase variant" was produced with a black head and collar. Though originally thought to be rare, it is not significantly more valuable than the more common gold color.
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Iron Grenadier (08) and an original comic (#7). Item #31522.
Version 20: 2008 Senior Ranking Officers Wave 2 three-pack assortment (08/V)
Fig. #1332: MercenaryMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • upper arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • lower arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • body: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • legs: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
Accessories: purple scabbard (08/I Destro's); black revolver (08/I Destro's); gold sword (08/I Destro's, with black grip and silver blade); black Cobra figure stand
Once a major supplier and advisor of advanced weapons and vehicles and advisor to COBRA COMMANDER, DESTRO now purses his own grandiose schemes. He has created a small army of IRON GRENADIER troopers from his private bodyguards, and will use them to take control of the COBRA organization. A man with a conflicted sense of loyalty, he struggles to act with honor toward the man he swore to serve - COBRA COMMANDER - yet feels it is his duty to remove an incompetent leader from power for the good of the organization.
"If you wish to be an IRON GRENADIER, you must do your utmost at all times. I will not tolerate mediocre performance: you will be the best, or suffer the consequences."
Toy Notes: Boxed in a Toys 'R Us-exclusive three-pack with Iron Grenadier Officer (08) and Iron Grenadier Trooper (08). Item #36146, set 3 of 3.
Version 21: 2008 Ultimate Battle Pack boxed set (08/VI)
Fig. #1364: Enemy Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • upper arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • lower arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • body: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • legs: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
Accessories: grey scabbard (08/I Destro's); grey revolver (08/I Destro's); grey sword (08/I Destro's, with black grip); black Cobra figure stand
DESTRO is the faceless power behind Military Armaments Research System, the largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry. To DESTRO, war is man's most natural state: the fittest survive and the greatest technological advances are made. He maintains a luxurious lifestyle around the world. DESTRO provides high-tech arms to any side able to meet his price and will incite war where it does not exist. He dons his silver battle mask (a family tradition) and enters battle himself, either with COBRA Command (DESTRO is their major weapons supplier) or against them if it's better for business.
"I respect the G.I. JOE team for their combat skills and expertise, but I abhor that they waste those skills to maintain peace. I dedicate myself to seeing them undermined, subverted, or destroyed."
Toy Notes: Sold in a Target-exclusive boxed set with Short-Fuze (08), Sgt. Stalker (08/II), Steeler (08/II), Cobra Commander (08/X), Cobra HISS Driver (08/II), and Cobra Vehicle Gunner (08), plus a MOBAT, a blue Flight Pod, and a red HISS Tank. Item #34106.
Version 22: 2009 Wave 8 comic two-pack assortment
Fig. #1405: Iron Grenadier LeaderMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (09)
  • upper arms: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • lower arms: Destro (09)
  • body: Destro (08/I, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI, 09)
  • legs: Destro (09)
Accessories: black headset (new, thick with angled mic); black scarf (new, tightly rolled); blue vest (new, with silver Cobra emblem and black straps); silver backpack (new, with blue and green trim and silver hoses); silver revolver (08 Croc Master's); black Cobra figure stand
DESTRO is the faceless power behind the Military Armaments Research Syndicate, which manufactures advanced weaponry. He provides high-tech arms to the COBRA organization (or any side able to meet his price) and will start conflicts where they don't exist, to keep his business thriving. The silver mask he wears is a family tradition and should be regarded with respect and fear because behind that mask is a skilled warrior, excellent military tactician and a formiable opponent in any battle. He is also an accomplished fighter pilot, a fact that proves harrowing (and potentially deadly) to the G.I. JOE team on more than one mission.
"The G.I. JOE team is a troublesome annoyance, but their dedication, tenacity and courage deserve my respect - even as I try every means to eliminate them."
Toy Notes: Carded in a two-pack with Shockblast (09) and an original comic (Resolute #1). Item #37327.