Weather Dominator (2008)
The Revenge of Cobra. I had a Beta (that’s right, Beta) tape that I’d recorded from its first TV airing that I watched over and over. I watched that mini-series so many times that I can still recite most of the dialog even today.
There were a few vehicles and accessories from the mini-series that I had always wished for in toy form. TV series originals like the Cobra helicarrier, the boat piloted by the Baroness, and the Weather Dominator itself were very cool for non-Hasbro designs. I can recall trying to make a Dominator back in the day using some scrap wood that we had in our garage. Yeah, that didn’t quite work out. I had a little more success making Jabba’s sail barge from Return of the Jedi from the same surplus wood. Later, I attempted to make a Dominator out of paper and cardboard, which obviously turned out to be an easier project.
I got my wish for a toy version when it was included in one of the 25th anniversary series DVD battle packs. The MacGuffin–I mean Weather Dominator–is a good representation of its animated counterpart, and this crazy weather gizmo can even break down into three pieces. Thankfully, doing so won’t start a chain reaction of crazy weather all over the world.
I wouldn’t mind doing a little customizing and adding LED lights to it. But my greatest use for this item won’t be as a custom or part of a dio story, but rather as the topper for this year’s Joe A Day Christmas tree. After all, nothing says the holidays to me like a hydro-master, an ion correlator and a laser core.