May 01

Sand Scorpion (2004)

Sand Scorpion (2004)

Cobra has had a share of animal themed troops, but until Valor vs Venom, with its theme of recombinant DNA (courtesy of everyone’s favorite crazed dentist) the animal nature was in name only. Of the three distinct post-RAH figure lines, I found VvV to be the most compelling. The file card makes being a Sand …

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Apr 30

Video Review: Battle Hornet (2004)

Another video review. This one was begging to be covered via video, since it’s so much goofy fun.

Apr 29

Destro (2006 Sigma 6)

Destro (Sigma 6)

Destro has always been a villain with a (shiny) head for totalitarian high fashion. Not that his sense of it is grounded at all in the real world, but you have to credit him with being bold. In the world of Sigma 6, bold is a good fit. The enemy weapons supplier dresses to impress …

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Apr 28

Nemesis Enforcer (1987)

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 …

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Apr 27

Snake Eyes (2013 Tactical Ninja Team)

Snake Eyes (Bling)

Snake Eyes has worn a lot of different outfits over the years, most being a variation of black on black on black. He’s also been a ninja equipped with blue weapons, a camo wearing Sigma 6 commando, an arctic commando, a color changing Shadow Ninja and more. I imagine the training of a ninja involves …

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Apr 26

Law & Order (2011)

Law & Order (2011)

The original Law & Order have always been one of my favorite figures from 1987. As a follow up to Mutt & Junkyard, they served a similar purpose, but I never saw them as replacing the original K-9 unit. The 30th anniversary series was exciting for me. While I had enjoyed the detail and the …

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Apr 25

Special Force AKA Dollar Tree Firefly (2013)

I talk about knock-offs here and there, but I’ve not really covered an honest to gosh low-rent cheeseball one until now. Most of the “me-too” figures I’ve posted, like those from the Corps or National Defense, have been GI Joe imitations in terms of concept and construction. This one takes a GI Joe design and …

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Apr 24

Cobra Stinger Driver (1984)

Stinger Driver 1

Yesterday’s entry was one of the more obscure driver figures, and today’s is one of the better known. If you were around in the 80s for the small Joe line’s beginnings, you’ll remember this figure, and his vehicle. Though some of today’s collectors scoff at repainted figures and reused vehicles, I find that if they’re …

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Apr 23

Steam-Roller (1987)

Steam Roller

Some driver figures are classics, to the level of the regular single carded characters. The early Real American Hero years are a perfect example of the drivers being as well developed and as much a part of the cartoon and comic stories as the main liners, when guys like Clutch and Wild Bill were integral …

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Apr 22

GI Joe Reservist Redux

Reservist

Why does this figure fascinate me? Perhaps it’s because he comes from a time when GI Joe wasn’t at the heights of popularity of the 80s, yet was a bold move in terms of being offered as a mail-in for a new line. The Hasbro direct program of the Real American Hero era was a …

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