Cobra Trooper (2011 Renegades)
The Renegades animated series did a fantastic job of taking the Joe brand in a fresh new direction. It’s too bad it ended so soon. At least we now have some figures based on the series. Hasbro struck a nice balance of the established modern style with the likenesses of the animated characters. For the Cobra Trooper, the Renegades style shines through while still maintaining the modern look that will let it blend with other non-animated figures. The combination of security and military makes for an interesting take on the old blueshirt concept.
Extra heads are always welcome, and the one included with this figure is excellent. I love having the opportunity to create variations in army builders. The inclusion of extra heads also brings to mind Japanese toys, which often include these kinds of interchangeable body parts. I’ve always thought of those kinds of Japanese toys as geared more toward a hobbyist market, which is big on customization.
Speaking of customization, the mold would make a great base for a Sigma 6 Lockdown. Maybe I’ll make one, if I can track down another figure.