Cobra Trooper (2012 Retaliation)
When I first saw pictures of the Retaliation Cobra Trooper, I thought, hey, looks like the Joe line is getting back some color, albeit electric blue.
The design doesn’t follow what we’ve seen of the movie troopers in trailers and pictures. They seem to be outfitted in an urban camo and black helmets, resembling a paramilitary security force more than the traditional blue shirted Cobra army we’ve come to know.
So what is the origin of this figure’s design then, if not based on the movie? Who knows, but what we have is a fresh take on the Cobra soldier that stands as a contrast to anything we’ve seen in recent lines. The stylized uniform design brings to mind the very graphic comic art stylings of the 2000’s new sculpt era, though there are hints at classic elements like the bowl helmet, the mask and web gear.
Being a movie figure, a play feature was added, and I have to say that I really love the inclusion of a parachute rather than another huge missile firing gun. The chute’s harness is even well done and not too intrusive when placed on the figure. As much as we collectors like to see toys packed with many points of articulation and arsenals of tiny detailed weapons and accessories, there’s no beating the fun of throwing a parachuted figure off a balcony. I am a bit disappointed in the weapon, as it is quite clunky and can’t be held in an effective firing pose. The package shows two rifles, but I didn’t see another on the card.
As anxious as I am to see movie accurate toys, I’m also smitten with some of the first wave’s unique designs. Hopefully, we’ll see more of these guys next year, as they make for an interesting alternative Cobra trooper.