I get the last couple normal figure reviews before S.T.R.I.P.E., so I thought I’d kick off today with a look at one of the more interesting villains from the old DC Universe. It may say Lord Naga on his box, but he’s better known as Kobra.
I wanted to talk about a couple of interesting tidbits before I get to the figure. First is that he’s called Lord Naga on the box instead of Kobra. I thought that Mattyel may be avoiding legal issues with Hasbro over GI Joe, but I’m not aware of any Joe character that spells cobra with a “K”. In fact, I could only find two toys that spell cobra with a “K”. The first is Kobra Khan, and the second is the Kobra figure released by DC Direct. So I’m not really sure why Matty chose to call him Lord Naga.
The second issue is with his bio, which is even more vague than usual. So I thought I’d elaborate on it a bit. Jeffrey and Jason Burr were born Siamese twins. After the two were surgically separated, Jeffrey was kidnapped by the Cult of the Kobra. He was raised as their spiritual leader (like an evil Dalai Lama), who would usher in an age of chaos around the world.
Under the tutelage of the cult, Jeffrey grew to become an exceptional tactician with a genius intellect. He was also taught many forms of combat, and has even bested Batman in battle. But no training could prepare him for his one true weakness. Even though they were separated their whole lives, Jeffrey and Jason shared a psychic connection which allowed them to feel what the other was experiencing. The full extent of this link wasn’t understood until Kobra tried to kill Jason, which almost killed himself.
For years the brothers fought each other, neither gaining the upper hand until Kobra was able to use a device to sever the connection. Seeing his chance, he seized upon the opportunity and finally killed Jason. But his victory was short lived as his brother returned to him in taunting visions. Whether this was truly Jason Burr’s ghost, or just a figment of Kobra’s fractured psyche has never been revealed. Either way, his holy war of terrorism only ended during a battle with the JSA, when the reformed Black Adam ripped out his heart. Continue to page 2…