Nemesis Enforcer (1987)
Nemesis Enforcer. Sounds like the sort of thing you’d see as a knock-off Masters of the Universe villain.They say that Cobra-La was a placeholder name that was left without being changed, and Nemesis Enforcer seems generic enough to be one as well.
In the movie, Nemesis Enforcer was a hulking presence, who easily dispatched many Joes, including Roadblock. He even took on a HAVOK single handedly. The figure is stuck at the common size buck of the vintage line, which isn’t a complaint, but merely an observation. I often wondered back in the day why the Star Wars line could make figures that were much taller or shorter than the standard size, yet Joe for the most part, did not. I daresay that to modern eyes, the scale makes this fellow actually look kind of cute. The modern scale allows for size differences, and the later version of Enforcer was quite large, and definitely more menacing.
The Cobra-La concept isn’t every Joe fan’s most fondly remembered element of the 80s era, but the brand isn’t a stranger to far-out ideas. Consider Super Joe, the swan song of the first generation of the toys, whose villains included the extraterrestrial Intruders, Gor and Terron, and supremely goofy (yet cool) characters like Luminos and the Shield. Next to that motley crew of oddities, an ancient Lovecraftian race of inner Earth dwellers doesn’t seem like quite so cornball an idea.