Cobra Commander (2005 Comic Pack)
I’m not afraid to say that the 1987 Battle Armor equipped Cobra Commander is one of my favorite figure versions of the infamous enemy leader. When I picked up the figure back in ’87 (one of my last kid purchases of Joe toys) I found the concept interesting. I had not viewed old snake face as a front-line fighter, and the suit seemed like it gave him a new combat advantage. Being a Marvel Zombie, I also saw an Iron Man vibe in it, which was a plus.
Once I delved back into the Marvel comic after a year’s break, I discovered that the Commander was not his old self but was being impersonated by disgruntled Siegie Fred VII, who had back-shot the true Cobra leader. This didn’t ingratiate me to him as a character and I didn’t feel too bad for him when the real deal came back from his seeming demise to exact revenge.
This comic pack figure recycles the body of the original, but features a new head with removable helmet. While I appreciate the unmasking component, the helmet design isn’t as striking as the ’87 version. However it is nice to get a Fred head sculpt and a variation of the battle armor that was featured in such a memorable run of the classic GI Joe comic.