I have a strong affection for the Original 13 Joes. I could be happy selling off all my Joes except for those, so when I decided to purge my Modern Era Joes, I wanted to make sure I had acceptable versions of the original ones.
Steeler’s 25th offering was weak. It is more or less the same figure as 25th Clutch. I went through several mock-ups and part choices before I landed here. The Dollar General Duke gives a great base to start from, but I needed a torso and arms. The torso gives a great look that matches the original Steeler, but the arms gave me some trouble.
The original straight-arm Steeler has unique arms with a pocket on the forearm and black gloves. The swivel-arm version uses the same arms as Wild Bill, with painted on gloves. I tried using the TRU “Greenshirt” GI Joe Trooper arms with different gloves, but they were too short. I chose the Resolute Duke arms so that he and ROC Thunderbolt (Thunder) would match aesthetically. I started painting the arms and then realized that Kickstart had green arms.