Cobra Trooper (2004)
I’ll say this about the classic style comic packs. I loved ’em, warts and all. For someone who grew up following the comic, they were a dream come true. Seeing figures representing characters from the pages of the comic was something my ten year old self always wanted to see.
My favorites of the bunch were the Cobra troopers. Red masks, bright yellow straps and bright blue uniforms all give it the feel of having jumped right off the page. The absence of the original mold’s unique upper arms (I miss the garrotte!) and waist is a bit disappointing. The use of the original head mold is odd considering that around the same time a new smaller head was made for the trooper six pack, and other comic pack figures from the same time featured smaller-re sculpted heads.
That’s not to say that I don’t dig these old style melon-headed Cobras. They still hold a fascination for me all these years later. Though the sculpt may seem archaic compared to today’s hyper-realism, it’s the stylization that draws me in. Adding bright comic colors simply made it more striking and toyetic.