In 1982 Hasbro introduced a new line of products that changed the landscape of boys action figures: G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO which quickly became one of the most memorable toy lines of the 1980s.
Not only did Hasbro commemorate the 25th anniversary with the release of a special edition series of A REAL AMERICAN HERO figures, but they brought you one of the coolest convention exclusives ever!
There was a time when DESTRO briefly replaced his bad-to-the-bone suit with a very flamboyant outfit: dark and deadly DESTRO was now dressed in leopard skin. The unusual deco was given the go-ahead for production, and a few hundred of these garish guys made it into the world before Hasbro decided the deco was too over-the-top. The colors were toned down, and DESTRO was back to his usual black-clad badness.