Cobra Eel (1993)
Hasbro went redeco crazy with some of 1993’s Battle Corps figures. Call it the last gasps of a once fabulously successful toyline, or a cheap way to extend the line for another year, the fact remains that, repaints aside, the year’s output in terms of single carded figures was immense. With Battle Corps and a host of offshoot sub-teams, there was a lot to choose from.
The 1992 Eel was one of the Cobras tapped for a redeco. The result is a similar, yet slightly less detailed paint scheme. The blue wet suit has been changed to a shade of purple, and the formerly painted ab section is now molded in yellow. Another cost-saving measure? Since this is a Battle Corps offering, the figure gets a missile launcher and some random weaponry. Why the cool trident gun wasn’t included is beyond me, but the shape of the Toxo-Viper rifle somehow seems to work in this context. I also find the yellow fins to be an improvement over the 1992 silver versions.
The biggest missed opportunity here? A repainted robo-shark missile launcher. I would have flipped for a neon orange or aqua colored version of the sidekick/weapon. I also would have liked to see this figure turned into an Eel officer, something missing from the line since 1985. The officer concept could have also been a chance to give the missile shark a good GI Joe animal sidekick name. My recommendation, based on the most famous robotic shark of all time–Bruce.