Figure Sculpture Sheet
Once management had signed off on the design, Ron would get back to work creating figure sculpture sheets (also known as control art). These sheets showed views from the front and back and from both sides with the arms removed. Some revisions were still made at this point. Once completed, these sheets were shared with the sculptors that were tasked with creating the figures. There was no precedent at Hasbro for Ron to follow when it came to the figure design process. Ron created the Sculpture Model Sheet shown above on the fly, and it would evolve over the coming years. Above you see the original sculpture model sheet with labels attached with tape. The figure sculpture sheet above was signed and dated June 24, 1982 by Ron Rudat. Note that although the annotations call for a 5% larger figure, Destro was sculpted at the same scale using the same buck as the rest of the 1983 figures.
Kirk Bozigian (G.I. Joe Product Manager) and Ron Rudat (R&D Figure Designer) discuss how the man in an iron mask came to life.
Unadorned Package Art
The painting above was created by Coleman, Lipuma, Segal & Morrill, Inc. (CLS&M) with art direction by Ed Morrill and illustration by Hector Garrido.