Cobra B.A.T. V5 (2005)
So I guess at some point Dr. Mindbender gave up on a fully humanoid appearance for his battle androids and opted to crib from Terminator. I can’t believe a man as smart as Mindbender would need to blatantly copy like that. I suppose there’s no accounting for style plagiarism, as he also dressed like a 19th century Eastern European Chippendales dancer.
The pure robotic BAT design, though not entirely original, was I thought a nice change of pace. It was certainly more fearsome looking than the robotic grasshopper in biker shorts that preceded it. The modular weapon theme of the BATs continued, if only for one type of weapon, but at least this BAT appears to be sporting a decently sized and effective weapon.
The biggest news about this figure however, was its chicken or the egg origin. Coming at a time when the small Joe line was being phased out, and the differently scaled Sigma 6 was introduced, this BAT design was featured as a Sigma 6 toy as well as in the animated series. So the question is: was the 3 & 3/4 inch figure designed first, as part of the Valor vs. Venom follow-up Robot Rebellion series, then ported over to the new line, or was it intended for Sigma 6 all along?
Regardless, I found the design to be an interesting departure from the norm, and as a fan of the Sigma 6 style, am happy to see what became one of its prominent troops also available in the more accepted Joe scale. Too bad other Sigma 6 figures haven’t also made the transition since. I would love to see Lt. Stone make an appearance in a modern Joe line. Maybe the collectors club can get on that.