Scrap Iron (2005 Comic Pack)
The original Scrap Iron figure got a lot of play time in my group of early Cobra figures. With his unique accessories and tank-busting specialty, he was a mainstay among the named Cobra characters. He looked mean and nasty, thanks to his rather grim visage (at least what was visible of it under his helmet) and to me seemed like a no-nonsense guy who didn’t have much regard to pleasantries. I don’t know if is was the mystery aspect of his look, but he reminded me of Boba Fett in a way.
The first thing you’ll notice with this version of Scrap Iron is the absence of his missile launcher. Weapon substitution in the 2000s series is nothing unusual, but with such an identifiable element of the figure gone, the total package suffers. Hasbro at least made a noble effort in providing him a large hand-held missile launcher. It’s a nice looking weapon, most commonly associated with Sonic Fighters Zap. Now that makes perfect sense. In fact, I’ve really come to appreciate this substitute.
Speaking of substitutions, switched body parts were a common occurrence as well. Scrap Iron is wearing Cobra Trooper legs in place of his old duds, which he shared with Airborne, by the way–irony? The legs are a decent replacement since they also have knee pads molded in. I find the arm replacement to be an interesting change, as the Thunder arms have a baggier sculpt, and also allow the arms to be posed a little closer to the body.
It wouldn’t be a comic pack figure without a four-color inspired paint scheme. At times, the figures done up in this way seem garish, but the bright variation on the original Scrap Iron uniform is interesting to me. Your mileage may vary, as I’m a sucker for brightly colored figures. It’s just my thing.