Cobra Commander (2008 DVD Battles Pack)
Battle Helmet Cobra Commander. Bumper Face. Rust Breath.
While I find the original Cobra Commander figure to be the iconic portrayal of the character, I’ve always wanted to have him more closely resemble his cartoon version. Though the RAH line only gave us one battle helmeted Commander, the lines that followed made up for the lack. The new sculpt series gave it a few shots, and were fairly successful, if different interpretations of the look. The 25th anniversary series seemed to heap them on one after another.
They finally got it right with the DVD battle pack, interestingly included piloting a Cobra CLAW. The first thing I did when I opened the pack was to remove the glider and its attached straps, revealing one of the greatest modern versions of Cobra’s supreme sibilant serpent.
While most of the body remains the same from previous versions, the head is where the figure shines. A chromed faceplate is something I had hoped to see since I was a kid, or at least since I had first seen vac-metal on an action figure (C-3PO and R2-D2 had it, why not Joes?) The helmet also has the center stripe, which I have always liked for some reason.