As the 90’s dawned on the vintage Joe toy line, things were taking a stronger turn towards sci-fi elements. This is particularly the case with Cobra. Decimator and his vehicle, the Hammerhead are a case of Cobra vehicle and driver design meshing perfectly. The design of the figure’s helmet takes the vehicle name literally, as it resembles a hammerhead shark’s head. 1990 was actually a great year all around for Cobra vehicles. The Hammerhead, Hurricane, Piranha and Rage–great vehicles all. Bravo, Cobra Commander. Your attention to detail and sense of style were impeccable that year. It almost makes up for the double-whammy Buzz Boar and Pogo fiasco of ’87.
The visor reminds me a bit of Marvel’s X-Men leader, Cyclops. That’s most likely because I’m a comic geek as well as toy geek. The more military dress style of jacket is always a welcome touch, particularly for Cobra troops. To me, it gives the figure an air of command. Overall, this guy looks to me like he’s content to stay safe in his vehicle rather than mix it up with the grunts.
Which leads me to a question, is this a trooper or an individual character? It would seem to be an individual according to the file card, but the masked head underneath could certainly work for a nameless trooper as well. But don’t let me tell you that; it’s your Joe universe, do what you want.