Baroness (2004 comic pack)
The Baroness is one of the Cobra mainstays, and has been showing up in GI Joe comics and animation since day one. In those early days, before suffering burns over most if her body in a fateful HISS tank battle, she wore a simpler blue jumpsuit, like most other Cobra agents. With all the Baroness figures over the years, I’m surprised that her early appearance in blue hasn’t been done in some way other than repainting her later armored uniform.
From the o-ring style comic pack based on Marvel GI Joe issue #1 comes this repaint. If you collected the revived o-ring figures from 1997 through the mid 2000s via the these comic packs, convention sets and Toys R Us multi-packs, you probably grew tired of the mold at some point.
On a positive note, a new head mold was created for this figure, and though there was nothing wrong with the 1984 Baroness head, this one at least provides a little freshness to the figure. The hair and face are quite different from the old version, and the head is undersized, a common issue with comic pack figures. Baroness also has one of the teensiest, tiniest accessories ever, a pair of glasses.
Thankfully the overused Baroness rifle wasn’t included. Instead, she’s equipped with a pair of pistols, a conventional and a laser. The laser pistol’s shape reminds me of the transforming camera guns in the comic.