Crimson Guard (2005 Operation Crimson Sabotage)
Operation Crimson Sabotage was a boon for o-ring army builders, and it even hooked me, a guy who hadn’t dipped his toe into the craze. Between the OCS and the Cobra Infantry pack, I amassed a decent army in a short time.
The same mold (minus the Cobra head under the helmet) was also available as the Agent Faces mail-in. Yeah, I ordered a coupe fistfuls of him too. What else could a collector do with a billion Battle Points hanging around his parts box?
The new CG wasn’t a perfect figure, of course. 1985’s arms were replaced, and the removable helmet naturally throws off the look of the original headgear. It’s a bit bloated comparatively, but I don’t mind it. The unmasked trooper head is well worth the trade-off. Getting three varieties of countenance in one box was a nice little bonus feature, particularly when one was African-American. However thanks to parts reuse, it’s just the regular sculpt molded in brown, just like the 1964 AA Joes.
If one thing sticks out as a real sore spot, it’s the Cobra sigil. Located more than a bit low on the jacket, the logo appears on hai belly rather than chest. The issue isn’t the size, as the logo looks small enough to fit in its usual place, but the tampo is off. Oh and it’s not silver. Bummer.
Despite its shortcomings, these guys posed in groups look super cool. I’m not sorry that I picked up a gaggle back in the day. Thanks K-B Toys online clearance sales!