Crimson Guard (2008)
The Desert Assault Squad set was an interesting mix of known and new Cobra troopers. Along with Frankensteined figures, the pack also included two straight remolds of the 25th anniversary style CGs. I’ll admit that I initially found their placement in a desert theme to be out of character for the type, since these guys have not only functioned as elite troops associated directly with Cobra Commander, but also designed with form over function uniforms.
Looking at the figure years later, particularly after the release of many factory custom variants (including along others, arctic and desert) of the character, the desert scheme doesn’t seem so odd. The filecard accounts for their presence by giving them a different specialty from their normal elite status, and explains that a regiment infantry level CGs are maintained for attack and defense. Such a thing is more than a little anachronistic considering the original file card posits that the CGs are too valuable to be wasted on the conventional battlefield.
Weird explanations aside, at least we get a unique repaint out of the deal. If the desert role doesn’t suit your tastes, you can always make these guys Dockers Khaki Guards, to provide security and blend in during casual Fridays at Extensive Enterprises.