Hasbro G.I. Joe Comic-Con Exclusive Cobra Commander Hasbro, 2008
Day #171: June 9, 2011
Cobra Commander Best Pre-Paint Ever
G.I. Joe Comic-Con Exclusive Figures
Item No.: Asst. 68875 No. 68876 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Microphone, podium Action Feature: n/a Retail:$10 Availability: July 2008 Other: This is the black suit variant, another has a blue blazer and tan pants
If you picked up this 2008 Comic-Con exclusive action figure, it's pretty obvious that Cobra Commander is not built like other G.I. Joe figures. He doesn't have the same construction, or the metal bar in his hips. Rather, he's built like a Star Wars or Indiana Jones action figure, which makes sense as this body was originally going to be used for the doomed Indy series. Before it got the axe, Hasbro wisely determined they could make use the suit body of Walter Donavan, a figure which the final head sculpt was never revealed.
Standing about 4-inches tall, this figure is a great exclusive in that it's neat, weird, and not something you'd necessarily miss if you never knew it existed. With 14 points of articulation, the figure is designed for one main purpose: to stand at a podium, and yell at people. Isn't that what all of us are really wanting out of life, anyway? The figure's suit is sculpted quite nicely, and the all-new head sculpt uses the familiar mask as seen in much of the cartoon series. (The design is comic-specific.)
Due to his design, the hip joints are more or less useless-- the blazer blocks any leg movement in this area. This doesn't matter too much as he's going to be spending most of eternity behind a Cobra podium, which is a thin plastic structure with a removable microphone accessory and a paper Cobra flag draped out in front. It's really cool, and probably just as interesting as the figure.
The figure is great at gesturing and looking like he's shouting at an invisible crowd, which is really what you want from your fictional power-mad dictators/terrorists. You can also cram him in the gunner station of most older HISS Tank toys, assuming it's based on the molds which can hold standing figures, or he can hang out in your playsets. Interestingly, he lacks any copyright markings (I got mine at the convention, so I know it's legit) so there's no evidence that it was developed as a LucasFilm-related toy... or even a Hasbro toy. It's unusual, but hey-- that's why I'm here, to point out this crap.
Today the black blazer version goes for about $15-$30, while the blue one for about twice that. The figure shipped on a classic/25th Anniversary-style non-foil cardback, and was sold inside a clear plastic Star Case. Other Comic-Con exclusive Joes include a Movie Destro 2-pack, Pimp Daddy Destro, and Sgt. Slaughter. Good hunting!
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