Heavy Water (2003)
New Cobra troopers are always welcome in my collection. Going beyond the regular blueshirts was exciting to me as a kid, whether they were generic troops or named characters. The Eels and Snow Serpents were the first specific duty troops that got me hooked on Cobra’s increasing diversity. Later in the 80’s, it seemed like Cobra had a new specialist or personality to counter almost any of the GI Joe team. The Heavy Water troopers are an offshoot of the Toxo Vipers, and appear to be much better equipped than the infamous “Leaky Suit Brigade.”
Heavy Water is a pretty intricate figure in terms of its attachments, even for the 2000’s line. The backpack with hoses and the chest piece all plug into the figure’s body. Sometimes this sort of thing works poorly, and cuts down on articulation, but not in this case. Often plug-in hoses can have a tendency to slip out, but these don’t.
The figure features the stylized comic book design that was so prominent, particularly in the Cobras, during the 2000’s. Many of the figures of the era look like they could have been Spider-Man or Iron Man villains, especially this guy. I don’t begrudge it and I enjoy the fact that the line was branching out and taking some chances in terms of design.
Heavy Water also has separated trigger fingers on both hands, something I didn’t remember about the figure until I dug it out again. While they’re common now, I can’t recall too many of this era with this extra detail. The mold got one step cooler when the Collectors Club later issued a repaint featuring glow in the dark details.