Cobra Commander (2013)
Yesterday’s post echoes many of my thoughts on this figure. I can sum up most of my thoughts quickly. This is the Cobra Commander we should have gotten back in the days of the 25th anniversary. Scale, proportion and poseability are all greatly improved from earlier modern styled figures.
For all the attention to detail given this figure, I am a little disappointed that the hair dryer gun doesn’t have the old back storage spot. The only way to store the gun in his back is to stick it in the backpack hole. But I guess any old figure can do that.
It does differ in a few ways from Ultimate Storm Shadow. While that figure built a more accurate 80s figure upon an existing base, this one is mostly new, and gives the Commander the naturalistic physique that had been missing from most of his figures since 1983.
The action accessory is also much more effective in giving the figure a little extra play value while looking good. Maybe this thing will get a repaint as a con exclusive modern version of the old Battle Copters. I would certainly consider picking up an updated Major Altitude.
One of the best aspects of this new version is a hooded head that also manages to look like it belongs on this body. Previous hooded Cobra Commander figures lacked in terms of fit and scale, but I really like this one.
Finally, there’s no attempt at a connection to the movie Commander, and that’s interesting, considering other Hasbro lines based on movie properties. The Marvel movie figures, for example, seem to always work a few comic based figures into the assortments. Sometimes, the packaging even identifies them as such. If the Retaliation movie had been a huge hit, and the action figure line continued, it would have been nice to see a few more comic series or cartoon figures (like the concept case figures seen at JoeCon 2013) worked into the releases. But that’s just a pipe dream at this point.