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Jan 10

Cobra Commander (2003)

Battle helmet or hood? It’s a question that has been in the mind of GI Joe fans since the 1980’s. In the comic and cartoon, the Commander switched headgear quite often, causing kids (including me) to want both versions. Hasbro fulfilled the wish in 1984, with a mail order hooded version. Both the hood and a redesigned battle helmet later returned in the 90’s, but the first iconic mirrored faceplate never made another regular line appearance before the Real American Hero’s end in 1994. Even the commemorative series couldn’t manage to get it back into circulation.

Fast forward to the 2000’s era, and a new iteration of GI Joe and Cobra. The initial assortment of figures released in 2002 were quickly retrofitted with the familiar o-ring, and a hooded Cobra Commander was among them. But some fans wanted the battle helmet, and I was among them. While I like the hooded look, I can’t escape the fact that my first memory of the Commander is in the helmet.

I was really jazzed about this figure when it came out, not only for the helmet, but the uniform itself. It lends Cobra Commander a regalness that I think is very fitting. It also got away from the first figure’s costume design, even though I liked it, especially the black repaint.

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  1. Kansas Brawler

    This was arguably my favorite Cobra Commander from the new sculpt era. It just really hit on all cylinders. I really wanted to like the one with both options (which recycled this heavily) but the colors on this battle helmet only option were just so much better.

    1. Acer

      You could stick the head of that 2005 version on this one, and then you’d be able to have good colors with swappable head gear.

  2. Skymate

    I picked him up as soon as i saw him, back in 2003. It had been my first Cobra commander in about ten years. I certainly prefer him over all those other versions they did of him during that period

  3. JD

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  4. Nega

    I found it a tad irritating that the battle helmet commander couldn’t sit in a vehicle, while the hooded one could. Never cared for the plastic “skirt” stuff.

  5. Neapolitan Joe

    Nice figure!

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