Cobra Commander (2008)
The 1987 battle armor Cobra Commander was one of only two figures from my youth that I kept. Why? I think because I had always been fascinated with not only a new version of the Commander, but the fact that he was wearing armor that made him more powerful. Of course, reading the comic and finding out that a different man was in the armor was disappointing. Even so, I still thought of the figure as representing the original Cobra Commander.
I wouldn’t say that the 1987 figure was lacking anything. I suppose if I had a wish for it back then, it would be for a removable helmet. In the 2000’s, a comic pack version of the mold gave the figure a new removable helmet with the comic character’s head underneath. This later 25th anniversary version also obliged with a removable helmet, but changed up the head underneath by keeping it masked. That was an appropriate move, since the RAH line never allowed us to see more than part of the original Commander’s face. It also meant that this figure didn’t have to be Fred VII. Fine by me. I couldn’t stand the guy.
The battle armor benefits from the more detailed modern sculpting and articulation, but it’s not all sunshine and roses. The legs are too thin and quite spindly considering they’re supposed to be armored. The canary legs don’t ruin the figure for me, but they sure do look odd compared to the more massive upper body. I don’t mean to beat up on the 25th anniversary line, but I found quite a few figures like this one almost eclipsed the original, but went just a bit wonky with poseability, proportion or fit and finish.