The Iron Grenadiers
are a faction from the military-themed line of action figures and toys known as A Real American Hero
They are a private army owned and maintained by the arms dealer Destro
. The Grenadiers are composed of Destro's castle guards, personal bodyguards, and mercenaries. Unlike Cobra
’s troops, the Grenadiers tend to be well-motivated financially since each have a share in Destro’s weapons sales.
The group first appeared as part of the Battle Force 2000 sub-line in the 1988 series of the A Real American Hero
toy line and also made appearances in the animated series and comics.
The Iron Grenadiers are led by Destro. Following the storyline in the comic book series at the time, the file cards
indicate that Destro had, at some point, left Cobra and formed his own army. He begins having dreams of world domination, as did Cobra Commander
To lead his army, Destro enlisted Voltar
first and later General Mayhem to act as field commander. The Grenadiers are organized according to their specialties.
- Iron Grenadiers – The basic infantrymen sent into hot spots to cause conflict and sell weapons. They have been described as "used car salesmen with machine guns."
- Ferrets – Operators of the D.E.M.O.N. tanks.
- Nullifiers – Pilots of the A.G.P. (Anti-Gravity Pod) flight vehicle. Nullifiers are trained and conditioned to be big and bulky.
- Annihilators – Elite troopers. These troops use special helicopter backpacks......