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Vault Review:
POC Cobra Commander

Who thought that Tommy from 3rd Rock would actually play a convincing Cobra Commander? Not I. But I was wrong. So, after the movie was over, I went out for an action figure of the Commander in his newest duds. But none were to my liking, until now. Say hello to the new face of Cobraaaaa!

The IAT crew originally saw this version of the Commander at Joe Con last year. The plan back then was to make him a mail-away figure. But plans change, and he became a chase figure in the new case assortments. I really wanted this figure, and that news was a little troubling. I’m an old school fan of the mail-away figure, plus I didn’t know just how rare he would be. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like he’s too hard to find. From experience, it looks like there’ll be one per case.

In the transition from exclusive to chase, Cobra Commander also lost an accessory. Originally he was going to come with a HISS Drone. It was basically a miniature HISS that was designed to fit inside the rear hatch of the big Tank. It could be deployed for recon or attack, since it had a firing missile action. Sadly, this little drone has fallen by the wayside, and I’m not really sure if there are plans to ever make it. It’s really too bad. This was a neat little accessory for any figure to come with.

Other than the drone, CoCo comes with everything else he was supposed to get. There’s a Cobra Standard. It’s the same mold as the one that comes with the HISS Tank, but this one has red and silver highlights. It’s neat to see it colored. But it’s not very practical in battle. I don’t think he’d really want the Joes knowing which HISS Tank he was in. CoCo also comes with a hand gun that can plug into either leg for storage, and a large triangular weapon called an M.I.A.W. (Multi-Functional Individual Assault Weapon). It’s not really specific what the multiple functions of this weapon are, but I’m guessing it has something to do with Nanomites, or weather domination, or maybe resurrecting genetic material from long dead warlords and conquerors.

What I like most about this figure is how he looks. Unlike the movie figures, you can’t see this Cobra Commander’s face. His clear mask is replaced with a chromed version. This new mask was also black washed, so each little sculpted detail is highlighted. The wash also created a texture of grime, giving a nice tarnish look to the mask. The story behind the mask change is that this new version is a giant solar cell, collecting sunlight to power his new battle suit.

Lucky for us, CoCo has gone shirtless, revealing the torso of this new battle suit. The suits design forms a robotic musculature and is colored in a deep metallic red. One thing I found interesting was the CC1 on the right peck. I’m not really sure why he would label his clothing with his initials. Maybe it’s so everyone knows it’s his. There are an awful lot of armor suits lying around the Terrordrome. I don’t blame him if he doesn’t want some random viper or skeevy Dreadnok wearing his stuff. Continue to Aritculation & Packaging….

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26 comments to Vault Review:
POC Cobra Commander

  • Gildeft

    Cobra Commander looks so cool!I wanna get him.

  • Ruby

    Package talk is USELESS without pics! Package Fail.

    • AdventureVault

      Yeah, that’s my bad. I don’t usually talk about packaging, so I didn’t think to take pictures before I opened him.

      Sorry about that. 🙂

  • Ug. I’ve gotta say that I absolutely hate this CC action figure. There have been a few gems in the movie-related lines, but I can’t stand that CC head. But I’m old, so it’s best to ignore me. And get off my yard! Ya damned kids!!!

    • AdventureVault

      Lol, it’s not for everyone. I’m actually a big fan of the the old chrome mask. Maybe that’s why I liked the chromed version of the movie version?

  • Ebonhorn

    damn TRU didn’t put that figure out yesterday….stupid stupid stupid store!

    • AdventureVault

      Are you sure you didn’t miss it? 😛

      • Cade

        Nope, but I did find him at target today and bought him immediately. I now need some more Crimson Neo Vipers and I shall have his bodyguard.

  • De

    I definitely prefer the mask chrome-plated, rather than the transparent mask from the movie figure. That’s pretty much the sole reason why I left that figure on the pegs, even when it was $1.98. I’ll be looking for this one.

  • Yso

    I believe Mr. Leavitt is also in the running for the Riddler in the 3rd Nolan Bat movie.

  • I did not like the Commander figures that came in Rise of Cobra but this one looks a lot better!

    • AdventureVault

      Yeah, like I said earlier, he looks at least a little intimidating and not like a burn victim.

  • dayraven

    dude, the battle standard is a swerve… in other words, if you put the flag on someone else’ tank, that’s the tank that will draw the joe fire AWAY from the tank CoCo is actually in… gotta think like a tyrant to roll like one.

    • AdventureVault

      lol, I guess that makes sense. But CoCo is pretty egotistical, would he really allow someone else to use his flag?

  • Brainlock

    Looks TOO much like Destro, imo, and not in a good way. pass.

    btw, which Baroness is that? I don’t think I saw this skirted version?
    on rare occasions, I’ve been working on a 6″ scale Joe customs, and I think I now have the solution to a Baroness (esp as I used my last spare Domino for Scarlett!)

  • AdventureVault

    That’s Paris Pursuit Baroness. She’s a pretty cool. We have a review if you want to check her out. http://www.itsalltrue.net/?p=1434

    6″ Joes sounds cool. Got a link to some pics?

  • Vault, I hope it’s OK, I’m just not keen on any of the Joe Movie stuff. I can see the effort Hasbro is putting into the figs and that’s cool but man, they’re just not GI Joe to me.

    (of course the only REAL GI Joe is 11 3/4 inches tall, has life-like hair and beard and Kung-Fu Grip, so, I’m a dinosaur)

    But I do have to say I’m impressed with the (amazingly impractical) high heels on the Baroness there. How they do that? Clear foot with the heel a paint app? Are there holes in the soles for a stand? Those are tiny feet, I don’t see how they even get them out of the mold without breakage…

    • AdventureVault

      That’s the cool thing about Joes, there’s a generational theme for everyone to love. I was a huge Joe fan when I was a kid, but these movie toys appeal to me also. I think it’s the fact that they all actually look like they’re in the military lol. Also, I like that the Joe technology and weapons are mimicking what the real life military R&D is trying to do.

      As for the Baroness’ high heels, like FakeEyes22 said, they are real heels. It amazes me that she can stand also. I wish all female figures could stand this well.

  • FakeEyes22

    @Steve Harrison

    Impressively enough, its a sculpted high heel with the peg hole in the toe area. It’s pretty well done. The plastic on the modern joes is solid, but just soft enough so that it gives rather than breaks. I couldn’t break the heel off if I tried, unless I cut it.

  • BKP

    There’s also a new face sculpted under the mask. But it’s unpainted and the mask is glued on, so to see it, you pretty much have to pry the mask off.

    • AdventureVault

      I was wondering about that. I noticed they were two pieces, but I didn’t want to force it off. It’s interesting that they went to all that trouble for something that won’t be seen. Maybe a future figure will show the transparent mask again.

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