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Destro Jumps out of my TV and into my Heart
In the year 1983, as the second series of 3¾” G.I. Joe action figures rolled out, a captivating presence emerged in television advertisements. The enigmatic figure, known as Destro, sported a silver-domed head and a bared chest, setting him apart from the norm. His unique visage struck a chord within me, igniting an unshakable desire to add him to my collection.
Destro's allure led me to frequent the local Five and Dime store with eager anticipation. Daily, I would wait, envisioning the day of his eventual arrival. Despite my financial constraints, a steadfast conviction held that our paths would intersect, and I would claim him as my own.
In due course, Destro did grace the shelves of the Five and Dime, yet fate had a twist in store. My sister, a keen observer of my persistent visits, extended an unexpected act of kindness. She journeyed to Toys-R-Us and procured Destro on my behalf. When she placed the prized figure in my hands, a surge of elation overcame me. Bursting with joy, I darted around the store, much to the amusement of my sister and her colleagues.
From that day forward, when my friends and I played GI Joe, Destro was always my first pick.