Serpentor (2005 Comic Pack)
Sepentor–love him or hate him, you can’t deny his ability to spark lively conversation among Joe fans. In his various incarnations, be it toy, cartoon or comic, he’s at least unique. My personal opinion of him is based mostly on my first impressions as a kid, particularly as an 80s Marvel Zombie.
I thought he would personify, at least conceptually, a GI Joe version of a Marvel big baddie like Dr. Doom. Of course, that’s not really what he ended up as, but going purely from his toy packaging, I was excited about the character and his possibilities.
The comic packs aren’t always exacting representations of what was on the four-color printed page back in the 1980s. Despite that, I found the figures to be interesting variations on the originals.
I would have liked a version of the character in his first comic uniform, a spartan number with cape and cowl and simple fatigue pants with boots. He also brandished a pistol. A very cool look. Alas it was not to be.
Best of all in Serpy’s case here is his new head sculpt and removable cowl. I will admit as a kid I wondered why the old figure didn’t have this feature. The visage underneath is full of personality if not quite a majestic looking as one would expect from a Cobra emperor. He reminds me a bit of Ash from the Evil Dead films.