Cobra Trooper (2013 Kre-O)
The Kre-O figures are some of the most fun I’ve had with GI Joe in a long while. They blend nostalgia with a sense of building set fun to create a highly addictive and enjoyably innocent set of toys. The Cobra Trooper figure distills what makes this series so enjoyable.
The hallmarks of the classic figure are represented in fine fashion on a figure whose details exist mostly in two dimensions. The designers could have gone the easy way, and just made a generic looking digures in a blue uniform, but they took the extra steps to put in most all of the little details from the classic toy’s uniform. From the chest straps, complete with the funky small gun and distinctive patterns, to the buttoned up turned down collar, this really looks like the original Cobra reimagined as a blocky building set figure.
The only old figure bit missing is the Dragunov rifle, replaced with something that looks closer to the Cobra Officer’s AK-47. It’s not a huge deal, as the trooper is still a very cool homage to the early Cobras. For a new bit of weaponry, he’s been given an old style pineapple grenade. Here’s hoping we get a repaint as the Viper glider pilot.