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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.



chronological: Doc<< Destro >>Viper Pilot
alphabetical: Desert Scorpion<< Destro >>Dhalsim

 

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)with troops outside Joe HQ, retreating from city assault
A Real American Hero, Part 1201 seconds14 linesdelivering elements, operating M.A.S.S., launching satellite, controlling Duke
A Real American Hero, Part 2157 seconds15 linesin arena, criticizing Cobra Cmdr., joining Tanu Island broadcast
A Real American Hero, Part 384 seconds8 linescriticizing Cobra Cmdr., transporting shock troops to Relay Star
A Real American Hero, Part 4138 seconds22 linesskeptical of surrender, leading Rattlers at Ring of Fire, capturing Scarlett
A Real American Hero, Part 5283 seconds27 linesreturning to temple, usurping Cobra Cmdr., stopping slave revolt, escaping
The Revenge of Cobra Opening6 seconds(silent)operating missile launcher, escaping on Water Moccasin
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 1141 seconds17 linesusing Weather Dominator, criticizing hiring of Zartan
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 2109 seconds7 lineswatching arena fight, using Dominator against DC
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 323 seconds1 linepresent as Cobra Cmdr assigns teams
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 4105 seconds10 linespreparing to retrive third element, suggesting using captives to bargain
The Revenge of Cobra, Part 5161 seconds20 linesflying Rattler, fighting at Zartan's hideout, using Dominator, escaping in glider
Season 1 Opening (Sunbow)6 seconds(silent)thrown from airship turret, tossed around and onto Dreadnoks
Countdown for Zartan89 seconds10 linesobjecting to Zartan and the Dreadnoks, in F.A.N.G. attacking defense center
Cobra Soundwaves107 seconds15 lineswarning Cobra Cmdr against overestimating Joes
Cobra Stops the World66 seconds6 linesat Cobra base, critiquing Cobra Cmdr's plans, activating defenses
Haul Down the Heavens60 seconds8 linesin charge of ion attractor at base, in arena, escaping in sub
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 165 seconds6 linesleading Rattlers in shuttle attack, escaping to Enterprise Tower, at waterfall base
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 254 seconds7 linesflying C.L.A.W. at Devil's Playground, positioning cube
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 343 seconds4 linesleading Cobra at Devil's Playground
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 4141 seconds8 linesplanting cube in Sea of Lost Souls, in Cobra Diver outfit, commanding wooden boat
The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 557 seconds6 lineskissing the Baroness; supporting Pyramid of Darkness; disguised as construction worker
Battle for the Train of Gold20 seconds2 linesat Cobra temple during and after assault on Bureau of Engraving
Operation Mind Menace137 seconds13 linestransporting Tommy, fleeing K12 base
Lights! Camera! Cobra!98 seconds11 linesleading Firebat attack on movie studio, rescuing Cobra Cmdr
Red Rocket's Glare64 seconds8 linescompleting warhead at base, fleeing in Trubble Bubble, meeting Cobra leaders
Satellite Down30 seconds3 linesinside Cobra base monitoring satellite, receiving report from Storm Shadow
Money to Burn26 seconds3 linesat base for transmitter test; directing Firefly from Trubble Bubble
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 1116 seconds12 lineson sub protesting use of synthoids; Destro synthoid created and destroyed
Synthoid Conspiracy, Part 2104 seconds15 linesusing drone jets and his Valkyrie carrier to aid G.I. Joe
Spell of the Siren178 seconds20 linesat undersea base, captured by Joes; freed by Baroness; at mountain hideout
The Gamesmaster123 seconds19 linesat procession; in H.I.S.S. capturing Ace, proposing joint mission; in Rattler for island battle
The Greenhouse Effect186 seconds17 linesflying F.A.N.G.s against Joes, stealing Dragonfly, reporting to Cobra Cmdr
The Viper Is Coming59 seconds7 linesinterrogating Maj. Bludd, fighting at Enterprise Tower
Where the Reptiles Roam89 seconds9 linesat control room beneath ranch hideout, driving Stinger against Joes
Lasers in the Night96 seconds12 linesflying F.A.N.G. on Snake Island; opposing Cobra Cmdr's "cosmic graffiti"
The Germ27 seconds3 linesreceiving supergerm but balking at orders regarding it
Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent21 seconds3 lineswith Cobra leaders monitoring sea serpent fight
Excalibur87 seconds9 linesin Rattler and assault boat against Joes; trying to obtain Excalibur
Worlds Without End Part I66 seconds4 linesbriefing Cmdr on transmuter
Worlds Without End Part II62 seconds11 linesalt version capturing Joes; in rivalry with Cobra Cmdr
Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town105 seconds7 linesusing shrinking device to capture Joe HQ
Eau de Cobra160 seconds14 linesmonitoring Baroness's mission, boarding Socrates Airtes' yacht
Primordial Plot154 seconds12 linesat fortress to assist in controlling dinosaur minds; escaping via wrist rockets
Flint's Vacation23 seconds4 lineswith Cobra Cmdr in undersea base
Hearts and Cannons111 seconds22 linestesting and operating plasma tank; in Stinger; overseeing pursuit of Joes
Memories of Mara151 seconds30 linescommanding Cobra sub; in Mara's flashback; interrogating Cmdr. Jordan; capturing Lady Jaye
The Wrong Stuff109 seconds19 linesat Himalayan base; commanding space station during second attack
The Pit of Vipers124 seconds13 linesdesigner of Watchdog, operating Pit Viper by remote
Cold Slither103 seconds7 linesvisiting Zartan's lair, in control booth at concert
Skeletons in the Closet284 seconds35 linesflirting with female trooper; selling arms; rescued by mystery woman; leading cult at manor house
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 18 seconds1 linecaptured in false flashback, interrogating Shipwreck in dream
There's No Place Like Springfield, Part 225 seconds3 linesdream image; cornering Shipwreck in lab
Season 2 Opening (Sunbow)2 seconds(silent)deploying B.A.T. at top of Terror Drome (0:40, 0:42)
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 187 seconds4 linesdriving Stun at Joe HQ; at Terror Drome; at secret meeting with Dr. Mindbender
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 360 seconds7 linesleading assault on Alexander the Great's tomb; driving Stun at tomb of Genghis Khan
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 4158 seconds15 linesassisting Dr. Mindbender in lab; helping capture Sgt. Slaughter
Arise Serpentor Arise Part 5123 seconds9 linesobserving Serpentor; calling in air strike on Pentagon; fighting Joes in DC
Last Hour to Doomsday174 seconds21 linessuspicious of Lady Jaye's Baroness disguise; in charge of Undersea Base Delta
Sink the Montana204 seconds25 linesin Moray to board Montana; overseeing Adm. Latimer's defection; escaping in Trubble Bubble
Cobrathon75 seconds11 lineshosting telethon and answering telephones; escaping in a F.A.N.G.
My Favorite Things77 seconds7 linesin Moray turret; on Netherlands raid; with Serpentor at Serpent Cave
Joe's Night Out1 second(silent)watching Club Open Air when explosives fail to activate (14:26)
Sins of Our Fathers88 seconds10 linesskeptical of attempts to communicate with creature; using chant to lure it away
Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep73 seconds8 linesat Coil hideout testing rattillos
G.I. Joe: The Movie Opening5 seconds(silent)giving bomb to Cobra Cmdr, flying Trubble Bubble
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 157 seconds4 linesin Serpentor's war room; objecting to retreat order during B.E.T. attack
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 216 seconds1 linecaptured by Cobra-La
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 335 seconds3 linespledging loyalty to Golobulus; witnessing Cobra Commander's trial and punishment
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 442 seconds3 linesriding in Stun from ice dome; at Terror Drome; in Thunder Machine during lab battle
G.I. Joe: The Movie, Part 510 seconds1 linewith Cobra leaders when Rawhides' attack begins
Operation Dragonfire: Day 1139 seconds14 linesat base; in Razorback to attack monastery; deciphering Dragonfire texts
Operation Dragonfire: Day 2131 seconds17 linesreceiving data from Scoop, leading search for Dragonfire deposits
Operation Dragonfire: Day 314 seconds2 linesdescribing Cobra's deception of Scoop in restricted video file
Operation Dragonfire: Day 435 seconds6 linesmaking alliance with Destro
Operation Dragonfire: Day 591 seconds17 lineswith Cobra Cmdr on airship, in Razorback during attack, merging Dragonfire sources
Season 1 Opening (DiC)1 second(silent)in footage from DiC season 1 (0:21)
Revenge of the Pharaohs102 seconds14 linessupporting Night Creeper Leader, driving Dominator to loot Pyramid City
Granny Dearest56 seconds5 linesin Floating Fortress, escaping
Victory at Volcania Part 1145 seconds18 linesin sub, driving Dominator, assigning slave labor, inside command center, operating space guns
Victory at Volcania Part 298 seconds14 linesin Dominator, chasing & capturing Joes, in volcano command center, in H.I.S.S. II
General Confusion92 seconds8 linesoverseeing the sapping of trees in Amazon, at Battle World command base
Night of the Creepers92 seconds6 linesin underwater base, activating warriors at jungle base, overseeing mummy army
I Found You...Evy32 seconds6 linesat Terror Drome, flying Dominator to attack Joes
An Officer and a Viperman190 seconds20 linestraining recruits, driving Dominator and Rage, at failed ambush, escaping in Hurricane
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 1226 seconds18 linesat base, surrendering in Lappland, imprisoned at Alcatraz, capturing Pathfinder, driving Dominator
D-Day at Alcatraz Part 293 seconds13 linesat Alcatraz, monitoring Comstock Lode, preventing Metal-Head from flying off, on guard tower
BIOK235 seconds27 linesin office with BIOK, using drone to lead Joes to remote base, impersonated by BIOK
The Eliminator85 seconds8 linesattacking decoy conference, at Terror Drome and Alps base
El Dorado–The Lost City of Gold123 seconds4 linesdriving Paralyzer to find El Dorado, fighting Pizarro, driving Earthquake to reopen cave
Messenger from the Deep144 seconds13 linesin Hammerhead, on sled, accompanying Cobra Cmdr in city, evacuating in chopper
A Is for Android61 seconds5 linespresenting android, capturing Hawk, leaving for battle
Shadow of a Doubt138 seconds15 linescapturing Hawk, at inner city base, capturing Joes in city, on roof, evicted
Keyboard Warriors115 seconds17 linesdisguised in lab, at planning table in war room, connecting to A.S.P.
Metal-Head's Reunion98 seconds7 linesin undersea base command center, examining formula, in Hammerhead
Basic Training2 seconds(silent)seen in flashback (12:36-37)
The Legend of Metal-Head140 seconds14 linesfeatured in flashback
Spy Troops: The Movie240 seconds18 linesin intro, at Cobra Mountain, in H.I.S.S. to attack base, controlling B.A.T.s, fighting Duke
Valor vs. Venom139 seconds12 linesin disguise capturing Hawk, in Viper Pit, at Brazil citadel, in final battle
Ninja Battles3 seconds(silent)seen in flashback

Figure Releases

Versions: 1. 1983
2. 1988 (Iron Grenadiers)
3. 1992
4. 1993 (Cobra-Tech)
5. 1997 (3-Pack)
6. 2001 (RAHC)
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 gold)
15. 2007/II (SDCC silver)
16. 2007/III (Battle Pack)
17. 2008/I (25th Wave 5)
18. 2008/II (Comic #14)
19. 2008/III (DVD)
20. 2008/IV (Comic #7)
21. 2008/V (Senior Ranking Officers)
22. 2008/VI (Ultimate Battle Pack)
23. 2009 (Comic Wave 8)
Version 1: spring 1983 regular carded figure assortment
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 Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistol (new), black attache case backpack, opens to store pistol (new).
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.
Version 2: spring 1988 boxed Destro's Despoiler vehicle (Iron Grenadiers)
  • 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 in long scabbard with chain and decorative knuckle guard.
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: spring 1992 Wave 1 carded figure assortment
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 "laser powered rapid-fire 'burp' machine gun" with scope (new), large black disc launcher with red moving parts (new), two red "armor-cutting discs" with holes around rim (new), black figure stand (common).
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: summer 1993 Star Brigade Cobra-Tech premium carded figure assortment, #6
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: B.A.A.T. (93), Destro (93)
  • body: Destro (93)
  • legs: B.A.A.T. (93), Destro (93)
Accessories: silver laser pistol (88 Iron Grenadier's), silver submachine gun (89 Snake Eyes's), silver submachine gun (88 Voltar's), silver laser rifle (91 Sci-Fi's), two silver missiles (93 H.E.A.T. Viper's), silver knife (88 Hydro-Viper's), clear bubble helmet with black neck shield (new), silver figure stand (common).
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: fall 1997 figure three-pack assortment
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), black or pink disc launcher with black trigger (92 Destro's), three black discs (92 Destro's), black figure stand (common).
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 sense of 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 and Cobra Commander. Item #28017.
Version 6: summer 2001 Real American Hero Collection Wave 3 figure two-pack assortment
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), black figure stand (common).
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. Item #53040.
Version 7: January 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1 figure two-pack assortment (02/I)
MOS 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 machine gun (92 Destro's), black submachine gun (84 Firefly's), black backpack (91 Low-Light's), 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. Item #53099. Later filecards replaced the word terrorist with thief.
Version 8: January 2002 boxed Destro's Dominator vehicle (02/II)
MOS 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: May 2002 Joe vs. Cobra Wave 1.35 figure two-pack recolor assortment (02/III)
MOS 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 machine gun (92 Destro's), black submachine gun (84 Firefly's), black backpack (91 Low-Light's), 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. Item #53099.
Version 10: August 2003 Spy Troops Wave 7 figure two-pack assortment
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: two black revolvers (02 Dr. Mindbender's), black Franchi SPAS-12 combat shotgun with folded-up stock (new), dark green belt with holsters for revolvers (new).
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. Item #54426. Unflagging loyalty to Cobra Commander?
Version 11: late March 2004 Valor vs. Venom Wave 2 figure two-pack assortment
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), 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. Item #55905.
Version 12: May 2005 Wave 4 comic three-pack assortment (05/I)
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 machine pistol (02 Neo-Viper's), black shotgun (03 Destro'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 three-pack with Duke, Roadblock, and a reprint of Marvel #24. Item #61062.
Version 13: late June 2005 General Mayhem: M.A.R.S. Invades! boxed set (05/II)
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: dark grey gun/launcher (91 Crimson Guard Immortal's), dark grey twin launcher (91 Crimson Guard Immortal's), six dark grey missiles (91 Crimson Guard Immortal's), black backpack (91 Crimson Guard Immortal's), dark grey ammo belt (91 Crimson Guard Immortal's), clear figure stand (common).
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, Metal-Head, five copies of Iron Anvil, and five copies of Iron Grenader.
Version 14: late July 2007 San Diego Comic Convention exclusive (07/I)
Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black pistol (06 Red zone's for most copies, 05 Bombstrike's for others), shiny gold Cobra figure stand (no name on front).
DESTRO is the 17th "Laird" of a manor house in the Scottish highlands and the current head of the firm always wears a polished 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."
Toy Notes: Available at the San Diego Comic Convention and at the G.I. Joe convention in late September. Item #26248. Based on the preproduction leopard-print variant of the 1997 version. This is considered a high-demand item, but after the initial sale period not especially more valuable than the silver-head version. Note that the head is identical to version 17, and so loose figures may have swapped heads.
Version 15: late July 2007 San Diego Comic Convention exclusive (07/II)
Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Intelligence
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black pistol (06 Red zone's for most copies, 05 Bombstrike's for others), silver Cobra figure stand (no name on front).
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."
Toy Notes: Available at the San Diego Comic Convention and at the G.I. Joe convention in late September. Item #26723. Based on the preproduction leopard-print variant of the 1997 version. This is considered a high-demand item.
Version 16: August 2007 25th Anniversary Cobra Battle Pack boxed set (07/III)
Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black pistol (05 Bombstrike's), black pistol (06 Red Zone's), black case-concealed machine pistol with straight grip and magazine (new), black submachine gun (05 Duke's), black "MARS" briefcase with handle (new), 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 Cobra, Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow, Baroness, and a sound box that played a portion of the cartoon theme music. Item #26758.
Reissues: Part of December 2007's 25th Anniversary Wave 4 carded reissue assortment (Item #30412).
Version 17: January 2008 25th Anniversary Wave 5 carded figure assortment (08/I)
Iron Grenadier LeaderMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 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 revolver (08 Snow Job's), cutlass with black grip, gold guard, and silver blade (new), gold belt with scabbard attached with chain (new), 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 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 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 18: February 2008 Wave 2 comic two-pack assortment (08/II)
Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: black pistol (05 Bombstrike's), black 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 and a reprint of Marvel #14. Item #28939.
Version 19: July 2008 DVD Battles multipack assortment, #2 (08/III)
Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Mercenary
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/I, 08/II, 08/III, 08/IV, 08/V, 08/VI)
  • arms: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • body: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
  • legs: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 08/II, 08/III)
Accessories: grey pistol (06 Red Zone's), black Cobra figure stand.
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 dangerous 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 Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Weather Dominator, M.A.S.S. Device generator, and The Revenge of Cobra DVD. Item #37251.
Version 20: August 2008 Wave 5 comic two-pack assortment (08/IV)
Iron Grenadier LeaderMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 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 revolver (08 Snow Job's), black sword with silver guard and gold blade (08 Destro's), black belt (08 Destro's), 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 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 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 and an original comic (#7). Item #31522.
Version 21: October 2008 Senior Ranking Officers Wave 2 figure three-pack assortment (08/V)
MercenaryMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 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 revolver (08 Snow Job's), black sword with silver guard and gold blade (08 Destro's), purple belt (08 Destro's), 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 and Iron Grenadier Trooper. Item #36146, set 3 of 3.
Version 22: November 2008 Ultimate Battle Pack boxed set (08/VI)
Enemy Weapons SupplierMOS 1: Weapons Manufacturer
MOS 2: Thief
  • head: Destro (07/I, 07/II, 07/III, 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 revolver (08 Snow Job's), black sword with grey guard and blade (08 Destro's), grey belt (08 Destro'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. 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: Boxed in a Target-exclusive set with Cobra H.I.S.S. Driver, Cobra Vehicle Gunner, Cobra Commander, Short-Fuze, Steeler, Sgt. Stalker, a dark green M.O.B.A.T., a blue Flight Pod, and a red H.I.S.S. Tank. Item #34106.
Version 23: January 2009 Wave 8 comic two-pack assortment
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: silver revolver (08 Croc Master's), black C-shaped headset with pointed mic (new), blue chest plate with black straps and large silver Cobra emblem (new), black ring-shaped scarf (new), small silver high-tech backpack with two long cords and green panels (new), 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 formidable 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 and an original comic (Resolute #1). Item #37327.