Cobra Shock Trooper (2011)
The Shock Trooper is all about options. There are different ways to display him in terms of both his defensive and offensive accoutrements. There’s a three part helmet, several traditional ranged weapons, as well as bevy of tools with which to cause melee mayhem (even a sledgehammer–dang!)
Of course, this is Cobra, so we can’t get away without a little branding. Like the uniform itself, the faction markings are quite realistic, looking akin to a kind of real world security force heraldry. Cobra is emblazoned on the riot shield and the back of the figure’s vest, and is written in a very nondescript font (is that Arial or Helvetica?)
The subdued, masked look is intimidating on a level I can’t recall seeing previously in the GI Joe line. They make for a frightening faceless, nameless force, the sort of group that could roll into town to quell the the uprising of a population that dares to defy a Cobra takeover. It’s like an Alley Viper without the flashiness.
The head and neck are the only things that seem a bit funky to me. It’s not bad, like a giraffe neck, or a perpetual nod a la Recondo, but when the helmet is taken off, the head seems to sit a little too high off the shoulders. Maybe it’s correct, and I’m just used to the more toylike proportions of old. Regardless, it’s a cool new take on a Cobra trooper.