Cobra Commander (2012 Retaliation)
As much as I liked the Pursuit of Cobra line, I found its versions of Cobra Commander to be lacking. The Pursuit of Cobra relied too much on the movie look, which didn’t work for me; even the third wave version’s addition of the classic helmet didn’t impress. In fact, I haven’t found a Commander figure that has really struck me since before the 25th anniversary series. Don’t misunderstand, I liked a few of that line’s Commanders, but in the end, they were simply old designs updated with new construction. I’d say the last exciting new version of the Commander for me came in the Sigma 6 line.
This new Retaliation movie version, though it only shares some similarities with what we’ve seen of the new movie’s Cobra Commander, brings a fresh look to the character, and a welcome one at that. It’s also available in two flavors.
If you read this blog regularly, you know of my predilection for vivid color. The Commander does not fail on this account, as he’s outfitted in the brightest of blue. The all black version is nice, but the solid color causes some of the details to blend in too much.
For instance, I hadn’t noticed the armour on the right arm, a very cool little added detail, until I got the blue version.
Even more interesting to me is the uniform design, from the snake motif helmet to the battle-ready uniform. It’s good to see the Commander looking regal and ready for action at the same time. It’s the exact sort of look I expect to see from a man who can be at once vain and maniacal. I’m so glad he got away from the first movie’s look. You just can’t expect to conquer the world if you’re wearing dress slacks and sensible shoes.