Cobra Officer (2004)
2004 was the year of the revived blueshirt. Between the comic pack that spawned this brightly colored version and the uber-popular Infantry Forces six-pack, collectors could get their fill of the generic Cobra ground pounder officer. I certainly did. I’m sure my buying binge was due not only to the colorful nature of the figure (I’m a sucker for brightly colored objects!) but also to the fact that I had but a single Cobra Officer as part of my childhood collection back in 1983. While I found a lot to like about the Trooper, the Officer was my favorite. There was just something a little cooler about the elaborate web gear and the nifty helmet chevron. He looked so stylish! The officer does look nice this go-round, especially with the red mask and added helmet sigil. The comic colors really add a bit more interest, even if the figure doesn’t blend in with his vintage predecessor.
The included rifle is a serviceable stand-in for the old AK-47, but the original beauty just can’t be totally replaced by anything else. In a weird turn, a Baroness laser rifle was also included. Now I’m sure that the bad guys would have an ample supply of ill-gotten armaments in their arsenal, but that rifle is just so identifiable as a main character’s weapon that it’s hard to put it in the hands of a regular Cobra. Am I weird?