Cobra Invasion Trooper (2013)
I kid about the coloring, but again, Cobra outdoes the GI Joe team in the style department. What we’ve got here is basically the Pursuit of Cobra Shock Trooper in a crimson hue. I can really get behind a color scheme like this, since it helps bring a little pizazz to a fairly nondescript trooper mold. Even the gas mask and goggles have a funky tint.
The most fun bit of this figure is the working parachute. It’s the same one included with the first series Retaliation Cobra Trooper, and a welcome action accessory. What’s more fun than throwing a toy around? The only issue I have with parachutes and the modern toys is the construction. The parachute itself attaches (quite realistically) via a couple of clips. They seem to hold well enough at first, but have a tendency to slip out. I also worry about today’s kids being woefully disappointed as they toss the trooper in the air, only to lose the teeny goggles, helmet and radio instantly. No snap-on, stay-on here.
GI Joe these days could use more engaging play accessories and (dare I say it) action features. And by that, I mean more than just a missile launcher here and there. Some folks say that kids just aren’t interested in traditional toys these days, with so many high tech options available. Watching my young son play with his latest crop of birthday toys, many of which combine several action features, has me believing that while today’s kids are attracted to screen play, they do still want to interact with toys the old fashioned way.