Cobra Trooper (Explosives Specialist)
The Cobra blueshirt specialists were one of the concepts I found most interesting during the 25th anniversary line. With air, bazooka and para-viper troopers, the Cobra army seemed like a throwback to its early Marvel comic days. Rather than specific troops with new gear, colors and nomenclature, these seemed to be the generic trooper given a bit of extra training and gear to throw on over their standard blue fatigues.
The Extreme Conditions multi-packs used this idea to its advantage. Instead of just a squad of generic troop clones, the ranks of Cobra were flashed out with specialists. The explosive spec has a fairly unique look. He’s a mashup of basic Cobra Trooper and Viper parts, and I think the combo works well. In blue, this might have looked a little too much like a Viper. Given a desert color scheme however, the overall effect of the mishmash is diminished. The thick Viper vest stands in as at least a bit of protection for the solider’s delicate innards. A more substantial helmet suited for explosives protection might have been a plus.
While the trooper’s specialty in this case is to lay traps, It’s nice to see Cobra being proactive on the battle field for a change. Considering all the unprotected drivers and downright dangerous tech at their disposal, seeing a Cobra Trooper searching for landmines seems a bit humorous. I imagine Cobra Commander wouldn’t want to waste his time, and simply drive a column of expendable armor into a minefield. Then again, I can’t picture the Joes laying mines in the first place. Okay, so maybe these guys are only equipped with detectors to save their butts from their own explosives. That makes a lot more sense. I’m glad I thought that one through. It’s all coming together for me now.