I suppose you could say that Zanzibar here is stretching the bounds of believability, even for the GI Joe line. Even taking into account the fact that a lot of the Cobra characters (especially the Dreadnoks) dress rather dramatically, you’d be hard pressed to find another figure that looks more like he’s on his way to a costume party.
You wouldn’t have to change much at all to fit him into a pirate toy line like Pirates of the Caribbean. He’s got all the pirate trappings: saber, flintlock pistol, thigh-high boots, and eyepatch. Speaking of which, I guess he magically switched his bad eye somewhere between 1987 and 2011.
I do have a couple gripes about him: his build seems a bit on the scrawny side, and the shoulder pads/harness just kind of floats around on his chest. Maybe he just needs to gain a little weight so it will fit better. Overall, if you don’t like the more outlandish aspects of the GI Joe line, you’ll have a hard time taking Zanzibar seriously. But if you can suspend your disbelief, he’s a pretty cool figure in the end.
Zanzibar is available along with six other figures in the Dreadnok battle pack at BigBadToyStore. A GI Joe set, Slaughters’ Marauders, is also available.