Cobra Vehicle Gunner (2008)
I kind of kick myself in the butt over the Target exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack. I should have kept it sealed rather than opening it. The presentation and sheer size of the set is very impressive. Mine survived unopened for over a year, then I tore into it in an effort to save storage space. Oh well.
The Cobra Vehicle Gunner struck me as interesting almost immediately upon seeing it. The 25th Anniversary Cobra Trooper mold itself wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I had been enjoying the various repaints, be they homages to the 80s or newly minted versions of the venerable Cobra terror troops. The Gunner is suited up in a deep grey, with red highlights. The result is a troop type that stands out from the basic blueshirt, and seems to me to denote a higher ranking or more specialized agent.
I would have been interested in seeing a variety of environmental specific troopers outfitted in the basic Cobra garb. I think there’s something of a market for this kind of variant. One need only look at the popularity of custom figures produced by the Black Major to see that fans will buy uniquely decorated older Cobra molds.