Crimson Guard Officer (2008)
With all the focus on the Crimson Guard as an elite force of Cobra soldiers, it’s a bit surprising that the group didn’t get another official officer figure until this Toys R Us exclusive. Part of the Senior Ranking Officer sets, it’s a flashier repaint of the 25th Anniversary CG mold. The same year saw the release of a silver breasted Squad Leader in another Toys R Us multi-pack, but its rank was E-5, where this one is E-6. I guess the gold and black indicates just a bit higher rank. What is it with gold and higher ranks in enemy forces, by the way? Remember the original Cylons? Their officers gadded about in shiny gold to distinguish them from their lower ranked compatriots.
The 25th Anniversary CG mold has been a meh for me since its release. Maybe it’s the build of the figure, or the oddly narrow helmet. In comparison to the o-ring original, it just looks a bit off, proportionally. Where the 1985 figure was sleek, the modern interpretation is thin. The build really falls apart when it comes to the legs, as the hips look too narrow where the sockets connect. Very strange.
Of course, I still love the siegie concept, and I always give them a shot, no matter the format. Want to check out all the many Crimson Guards we’ve covered at JAD? Check them out here.