Cobra BAT (2008 DVD Battles)
The Battle Android Troopers’ first appearance in the GI Joe cartoon was at the same time amazing and disappointing to me. While I liked the concept of robotic troops for Cobra, and thought both the toon and figure designs were just plain 80s Joe cool, I didn’t much care for their being trounced single-handedly by Sgt. Slaughter. At the time, I was a huge wrestling fan, but Sarge didn’t impress me. His presence in the cartoon was annoying to me, being too shouty and overpowered, but I still found the mini-series itself to be enjoyable.
The DVD battle packs were a nice way to fill a few holes in the 25th lineup, while offering some homages to the on-screen versions of the characters. The original BAT (both in ’86 and ’08) was a great figure, and the slight repaint here puts a cool Sunbow spin on the mold. The colors are more vibrant, and the red visor looks fantastic. There’s just something a little more intimidating about the red vs. chrome. I’m also not a huge fan of black washes on action figures, so the flat silver gets my vote for a nicer presentation as well. Your mileage may vary. The missile launcher accessory even works for me.