Cobra Air Cavalry (Red Lasers Army)
The Cobra Air Cav Trooper was part of the Red Lasers Army set first released at this year’s JoeCon. Cobra troops are nothing new within custom o-ring offerings. All the various factions of Cobra (and new variants) are out there if you look around. It’s actually pretty staggering to see the variety of just Black Major’s figures based on Cobra troopers and CGs.
As a former customizer, I’m glad to have a custom figure that can be posed without scuffing the paint off. Say what you will about how repros affect the value of originals, I’m happy to have the opportunity to add new o-ring figures to my collection. Now if only someone could hook up Chad and Matt with the factory folks. I’ve always liked their custom recipes.
That’s not to say the Air Cavalry trooper is uninspired. I’m digging the variation of Joe and Cobra parts, particularly the Flash forearms. They work well as a kind of heavy duty gauntlet/pilot glove. With an economy of 1983 parts, and a simple color scheme variation, we get a nice pilot figure that can man an early Cobra air vehicle like the FANG and fit in well.