Skull Squad Trooper (2006)
Poor Sebastian Bludd. The man was quite the mercenary in the Marvel GI Joe comics, yet was relegated mostly to being a field commander in the Sunbow cartoon. At least he showed a lot of pride and motivation in his job; one of my favorite Bludd moments being from the Revenge of Cobra, with his valiantly crying “Cobra!” and then immediately running off-screen on his mission to retrieve the weather dominator fragment. You just don’t see that kind of excitement in terrorist organizations these days.
For the 2006 con set, Major Bludd was given his own troops, and this time more than just a group of rank and file Cobra troopers. These are the Skull Squad, part of the mercenary themed box set. I enjoyed the trooper focused con sets, especially when new Cobras were involved.
I never would have thought that a Battle Force 2000 figure could be the basis for a good troop builder. Now that I look at this mold with a different head, I think I’ve realized that the BF2K figures fall flat because of their goofy heads. The masked Cobra trooper head, with removable helmet makes all the difference. The armored and padded uniforms are a good fit for troops following Bludd, even echoing elements of his look. The armor on the left shoulder is another appropriate nod to the Major. If only they had gone the whole nine yards and given them all an entirely armored right arm.
The Major Bludd color scheme does wonders for this mold, and though it still suffers from a weirdly rounded torso, the Avalanche body makes for an impressive trooper. The head with removable helmet is a nice addition. Not coincidentally, the same helmet was released the previous year with the DTC Major Bludd. The unit emblem (complete with eyepatch!) is a great added detail.