Entire Figure (25th Anniversary Battle Armor Cobra Commander), Helmet (ARAH T.A.R.G.A.T.), Pistols (25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier), Holster Belt (Star Wars Fenn Shysa), Grenade Bandolier (RoC Monkeywrench), Flightpack (RoC General Hawk)

T.A.R.G.A.T. stands for Trans-Atmospheric Rapid Global Assault Trooper. The theory was that these guys are deployed into orbit from a space shuttle. On cue, they drop like a meteor shower onto their unsuspecting prey. I always thought this was a pretty cool concept. The entire body came from the Battle Armor Cobra Commander figure. In this case, I even kept the head. The vintage T.A.R.G.A.T. head was hollowed out with the Dremel until it fit the figure's head properly. This was a particularly agonizing process because I had to go to within 1/16 of an inch of the helmet's surface in order to get it to fit. The whole time, I was afraid I'd punch through and render the helmet useless (although I would find out that this was nothing compared to the next figure I did). Once the helmet was done, it was a simple matter of choosing accessories and painting. I thought that he needed some weapons that would pack a punch, but could be easily stowed while he was doing his meteor impersonation. I decided to give him a pair of the pistols that came with the regular IG troopers holstered in a dual rig that came from a Star Wars Fenn Shysa figure. The original T.A.R.G.A.T. had grenades on a belt around his waist, so I wanted to give him something reminiscent of that. The bandolier came from RoC Monkeywrench. The flight pack came from the RoC General Hawk figure. When I started painting, I wanted to keep within the spirit of the classic character, so it was off to the store for some turquoise paint! After everything was finished, I gave him a light application of Testors Dull-Cote.

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