Cobra BAT V2 (2003)
Talk about the early days of online GI Joe exclusives. The BAT pack was offered way back in the comparative dark ages of the early oughts. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. It’s not like the set was an alt.toys.gijoe exclusive or something. Regardless, it’s crazy to think that the set is nearing fifteen years old. Dang. That means I’m old too. Oh well.
The 1991 version 2 BAT was a cool mold, if somewhat oddly colored. The original robotic Cobra trooper had been redesigned with a more streamlined look, and without traditional uniform shirt and pants. The new version looked as if Cobra had sunk some serious R&D dollars into its creation.
Could this figure be the first instance of exlusive repaints geared toward the tastes of collectors? Seeing a 90s figure done up in colors similar to the more well-regarded 80s version makes me wonder. I do miss the 90s figure’s backpack, and even though it was of the missile-firing variety, it also included posts to store the arm attachments.