Cobra Commander (2004 Comic Pack)
The early issues of the Marvel GI Joe comic in particular presented the characters with varying differences among their uniforms. Herb Trimpe, Mike Vosburg and others had an artistic license that isn’t seen much in the current era of highly focused marketing. That’s a shame, as I find the resulting anachronisms interesting. There’s not much heart to the modern adherence to style guides across products.
Cobra Commander wore a more ceremonial garb in early issues than his action figure, replete with gold braiding and high boots. It more closely resembled the Battle Commanders version than the well-known early 80s battle helmet ensemble. The bulkier 90s build doesn’t mesh too well with the earlier style of troopers included in the comic pack. It’s a shame that Hasbro didn’t use the Battle Corps figure’s improved back torso piece. The Commander is stuck with a weird, protruding plateau on his back.
It’s not all bad though, as the new head sculpt is unique and has more naturalistic draping effect than the Battle Corps figure. He’s even decorated with a Cobra sigil on his forehead, a nice comic detail.