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Brazil Joes: Interesting facts
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:36:04 PM »

I've been doing a load of work on translating the Brazilian Joe line's filecards (thanks to Yo Joe! Brazil) and it's thrown up some weird and wonderfull stuff...

Python Patrol is made of four individual characters, there's no generics. The PP Crimson Guard is a character called 'Showdown' who likes surprising people. (not in a good way). The rest of Forca Naja is PP Copperhead (or 'Swamp' as they call him), and PP repaints of Airborne and Ripcord, who you'll know from the 2011 US con set.

The PP Officer is a pilot character, not a generic and not in PP.

So far, I've identified only 4 generic/army builders. Cobra Trooper, Cobra Officer, 'Terroks' - what they call Iron Grenadier - and Cobra Invader - a Cobra logo wearing version of Snake Eyes V1.

Terroks are part of Forca Destro, along with IG Destro, Dr Mindbender V1 and Astro-Vipers. Astro-Vipers pilot the Stellar Stilletto, Mindbender flies the Pogo, Terroks drive the DEMON and Destro flies his Despoiler. Yeah, the Pogo and Stiletto are part of Forca Destro.

Nearly all the vehicles were sold without a driver. The Crusader shuttle and Payload is one of the exceptions. Some drivers are designated as vehicle drivers on their filecards....

Leatherneck is the Mean Dog driver

Monkeywrench is the Maggot driver

Iceberg V2 is a Cobra swamp fighter (called 'Swamp' like PP Copperhead) and the Rat pilot.

Blizzard is a Cobra and the driver of the WOLF.

Eels are not a generic, but a single character frogman

Lowlight V1 is a sniper called 'Midnight'. Lowlight V2 (Marauders) is a sniper called 'Target' or 'Aim'. They're definitely not the same guy.

Destro V1 is an arms smuggler called 'Outlaw' and not the same guy as Destro.

Heavy Metal is not the Mauler driver, he is a rescue trooper.

Snake Eyes V2 is called 'Werewolf' and is the Cobra commander.

Battle Armour Cobra Commander (v3) is a Cobra warrior called 'Breastplate'

Storm Shadow V1 is a Cobra ninja called 'Python' and fights in the snow.

Storm Shadow V2 is a good guy ninja called White Dragon who likes to scare the timbits outta Cobras as he appears out of nowhere.

The Cobra Viper Pilot is a single character.

Falcon Pilot (tan Grunt) is a seperate character to V1 Grunt.

Fast Draw is part of Force 2000 - local BF2K.

Duke is an intelligence officer and a former child genius

Repeater is a strategy officer called 'Rearguard' (that or 'buttocks' according to Google translate)

that's besides the Repeater mould being used for Urzor of Forca Fera.

Barbecue and Marauders Barbecue also appear to be seperate characters (called Bonfire and Fire-guard) but I've not got to them yet.
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Re: Brazil Joes: Interesting facts
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 09:59:08 AM »

Great research finds Sundance. I'm quite surprised at the vast amount of unique characters in the Estrella line. I think it was a smart move from them to make per say, Grunt v.1 and Grunt v.2 different characters. This allowed for more versatility when playing with the figures.
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Re: Brazil Joes: Interesting facts
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 02:14:10 PM »

fun fact: Falcon Pilot is actually a different figure to Tan Grunt. the straight Tan Grunt figure is called Estopim in Brazil and came with Rock'n'Roll's machine gun. Falcon Pilot is actually Grunt's head with the Zap/Short Fuse torso and then arms and legs added in the tan colour scheme. I didn't realise before because I did a translation of Estopim's card ages back.

Annihilator, HEAT-Viper, Toxo-Viper and Astro-Viper are all single characters.

Annihilator keeps his name, but the file card calls him 'Commander Destruction' which is on the packaging like the 'Covert Operations' label Lady Jaye has for example. To make things clearer: where Lady Jaye is labelled 'Lady Jaye Covert Operations', Annihilator is 'Annihilator Commander Destruction', but in the bio of the file card, they don't call him 'Annihilator', they call him 'Commander Destruction'.

Astro-Viper is a former double-agent working for the Soviets and the US, but now works for Destro as an astronaut - the file card explicitly refers to the end of the Cold War, due to how late in their line he was released.

Toxo-Viper is called 'Maligno' (Malignant) and is basically an eco-terrorist, but comes with a raft of guns not the backpack/sprayer thing TV had in the US. his card describes him murdering animals in a nature reserve.

HEAT-Viper is called 'Splinter' or 'Shrapnel' and delights in blowing stuff up, like Annihilator. HV's accessories include those little rockets for the leg pegs, but the rest are guns and a black repaint of the Snow Serpent rocket launcher.

Hydro-Viper is a frogman called 'Stingray' and his pet manta is named 'Demonia'.

Battle Corps Beach Head is a Cobra, called 'Trap' who hass accessories including a yellow Alley-Viper V2 shield. Alley-Viper V2 is called 'Murderous' and his accessories are the AV mask, Dial-Tone remould SMG and a spring-loaded rocket launcher and rockets.

Virtually all the Commandos have different names and backgrounds, even the few (like Hawk v2) who share the name.
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Re: Brazil Joes: Interesting facts
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2015, 11:26:37 PM »

That's very interesting. I always felt that the only troop builders were the blue shirts, the original vipers, the crimson guard and the bats and the others were a single specialist. To me the reason the specialists didn't have a name was because they were replaced whenever they were KIA. This also meant I didn't feel the need to by more than one of them either. ;)
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Re: Brazil Joes: Interesting facts
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 02:03:29 AM »

the only Viper type in my collection I treat as a single entity is Hydro-Viper which is largely because of the AF Monthly issue he appeared in. I guess I see him as being like Captain America, intended as the first of many, but ultimately the only one.
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Re: Brazil Joes: Interesting facts
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2015, 02:34:08 PM »

done some more translations recently, so here's some more fun facts...

Dr. Mindbender is the only character with 2 figures. Both file-cards are similar, with his first mentioning his alliance with Destro (as part of Forca Destro) and his gear. The second removes those references and adds a quote saying as a kid he didn't study, thinking he'd pass tests simply by concentrating hard. V2 Mindbender drives the local version of the Sonic Boom Tank from the Streetfigher II line.

Battle Corps Outback is called 'Ivory' and is the driver of the Brawler, called the Mammoth in Brazil.

Scoop is a general! His function is 'general attack' and his filecard uses that as his name, not using Scoop at all. He is clearly supposed to be an officer and leader from the bio.

Hit&Run is not referred to as 'Hit&Run' on his card either, instead he's called 'Mountaineer', his function, and he's a free-climber, not using gear.

Alpine is called 'Everest'.

Deep Six is called 'Diver', which is up there with TF Shipwreck as 'Sailor' for boring-ass names.

Alley-Viper V2 is called 'Murderous' and is basically a psycho.

Overlord is called 'Ciclon' or Cyclone and was born to Satanist parents and is in Forca Destro, along with his 'Conquistador' tank (aka the Dictator).

Gristle is basically a sociopathic thug simply called 'Vandal', whilst Headhunter trooper is similarly a sociopathic thug called 'Brutus'.

Battle Corps Law and BC Cross Country are glider pilots, but don't have glider toys... Cross Country is called Pegasus and Law is called 'Bolidus' (me either). The Cobras have two glider pilots as well, Black Wing and Air Reptile (the latter is the CG Commander) who also lack gliders.

Psyche Out is not a psychologist, but uses sonic weapons to influence people's thinking. In a creepy detail from his card, when he built the first such device in College, he used it to make the most beautiful girl fall in love with him.

Mercer is a combat engineer who can make buildings out of anything.

Both Barbecues are completely seperate characters, which is more excusable with his outfit.

Muskrat is called 'Explorer' and saved a group of Amazonian Indians from a Cobra Plutonium enrichment plant where they were slave labour.

Leatherneck's function is Recon Officer, yet his card still describes him as a sergeant
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