Hannibal: Reborn (2006)
I just don’t get prime time television these days. To have a series based on a serial killer would have been unthinkable in the past. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I can’t get into Hannibal beyond his appearance in the original Silence of the Lambs film. Wait, what? Oh, sorry. Wrong Hannibal. Anyway, I always loved it when he would chomp his cigar at the end of an episode and say, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Huh, what’s that? Oh, another wrong Hannibal? Sorry about that.
Coming from the rebirth of Serpentor cycle of the Devils Due GI Joe comic series, he was one of the ten clones created by Dr. Mindbender during his creation of the Cobra Emperor. I have to confess to not reading the series at the time of its release. I haven’t been much into comics since dropping out of buying them in the mid 90s. I did buy the first two issues of the relaunched comic, but quickly lost interest. I’ve since started to go back and read the series, but I wonder if I should bother considering there’s a true continuation of the classic Marvel continuity still going on.
The figure is a decent enough representation of the character, albeit with shorter hair. The first time I saw him, I was underwhelmed. I thought–who is this guy? He’s basically just a long haired dude in a lame skull t-shirt. His comic pack partners, Cover Girl and Spirit were much more interesting to me. At least I could remember the characters from way back when. Hannibal must have been popular, since his comic pack was a fans’ choice winner.
The very next year, a lot of the parts for this figure went into making the con exclusive Roddy Piper Iron Grenadier figure. The arms, torso, jacket, and even Serpentor’s helmet were used to create the first ever Joe version of the Rowdy one. I sold my Roddy a couple years back, but I still have this guy. Why? He holds no interest for me. Oh well, at least Cover Girl is nice.