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Rudolf Schenker
Rudolf Schenker
Rudolf Schenker
Rudolf Schenker
Rudolf Schenker

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.

Never one to be especially politically active, Schenker went along with their Cold War activities for the danger involved. Ever the thrill seeker, the challenge was in the risk, and the pay off was getting away with actions that, if discovered, would surely have meant death.


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.

Waaay back when, I always thought that the guitarist from the Scorpions looked like Crystal Ball... So this was an obvious choice.

The guitars were particularly challenging, and while I like how they came out, I had planned for more detail, like the tuning knobs. Turns out my big hands just can't work with such tiny details.

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