Head: DG Duke
Torso, arms: Retaliation Kwinn
Legs: Poc Steel Brigade
Harness: Marauder
Helmet: 50th Dusty

''American Defense... the very name strikes terror into the hearts of the enemies of freedom! American Defense... the elite secret troop of specialized fighters in Defense of Freedom! American Defense... headed by the Super Eight Attack Squad... America's best Defense!'' - Taken from back of 1986 packaging.

American Defense was a line of 3 3/4'' military toys sold exclusively at Kmart in the eighties. The line started with Galoob's A-Team molds and Remco grew it from there. It was later produced by different companies and ended up in dollar stores and discount outlets. Similar to GI Joe, it included a wide variety of colorful characters. However, without a cartoon, comic or any marketing to back it up, the line rode GI Joe's coattails for a while and then disappeared.

Part of Remco's US Forces line, Protector was a straight repaint of Defender, one of the original 8 American Defense figures. Numbered US-3, he is the US Forces equivalent of Grunt, my favorite GI Joe character. Since I already made both versions of Defender, I figured, why not make the ''third'''. The way I see it, this is the same character wearing his urban camouflage uniform. For parts, I replicated my previous recipe. For colors, I toned down the blue a bit, but kept the yellow to add some pop.

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