Cobra Imperial Guard (2005)
Here’s an intriguing concept, personal bodyguards for Cobra Commander. I thought he already had them in the Crimson Guard? Anyway, this figure is a mashup in need of a little more mashing. The Range Viper head sculpt I find to be one of the oddest in the RAH line. Is the top of the helmet supposed to resemble exposed brain? It’s very weird, and with the skull face, evokes the Mars Attacks Martians. I suppose the look works better for Cobra Commander’s Imperial Guard, who I assume are meant to strike fear in anyone who would try to attack or assassinate the Cobra leader.
As a whole, the figure just doesn’t work. The combination of the Range Viper and Battle Armor Cobra Commander parts do not play well with each other. The Imperial Guard comes across as neither regal nor intimidating. I’m more reminded of decorative gargoyles that sit atop gothic churches. The figure doesn’t seem too threatening.
The colors don’t do it any favors either. Rather than the traditional Cobra Crimson Guard red, the molds are cast in a kind of dull metallic red that looks like hard candy. The gold color doesn’t contrast well, and the resulting look is oddly drab.
The lone accessory, a Cobra flag, isn’t a bad inclusion, but it would have been nice to have armed the Imperial Guard, even with a melee weapon. I suppose they can beat someone senseless with their flagpoles if need be.