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Francis Bucholz
Francis Bucholz
Francis Bucholz
Francis Bucholz
Francis Bucholz

In honor of the GI Joe conventions stop over in Cleveland on the same weekend of the annual Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction, a very unique convention set was selected for production. As some of the inductees for that year, the German rock band, the Scorpions, were a well known and very popular band in Cold War Europe. What most people do not know, however, is that during their time touring Europe and Asia, and especially the Soviet Union, they were acting as couriers for the CIA. Smuggling information and documents across borders, and occasionally hiding a random defector in amongst their crew, the Scorpions were a tremendous help to the cause of Democracy.

Francis Bucholz was the last to agree to the Scorpions' dangerous plan. He had family in the East and was greatly concerned for their well being. The years working as couriers for the West were a stressful time for Bucholz, and eventually led to his leaving the band altogether.


These customs are ones that I had set out to do many years ago when I first started making customs. Over all, I am only a little pleased with how they came out. Because some of the instruments took so much work to get right, some of the figures suffered a rush job in some areas. But this was a lot of fun to work on once the end result was all finished.

This is the one I had the least idea what I wanted to do, and I think he suffers for it. Thankfully I went to the Canadian Joe Convention just before this was due and raptor was gracious enough to give me that heart shaped bass guitar.

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