ANTI ARMOUR TROOPER  
  Code Name: COBRA BAZOOKA TROOPER  
 

Hasbro certainly got their money's worth out of the 25th Cobra Trooper mould. Not only did it get obvious recolours as Officer, Vehicle Driver, Night Watch and Python Patrol figures, it was also used as a basis for several 'new' figures.

One of these was the Bazooka Trooper - basically a Cobra Trooper with a bazooka. The changes ran a little deeper than that, though - the figure received all-new webbing and a retooled helmet (both of which were later used on the 2009 Stinger Driver), and was also coloured a lighter blue. The figure was sold carded singly in the 2009 line.

The overall result is very nice, actually. He stands out slightly among regular troopers as a specialist of some kind, but not enough that he clashes where displayed. The webbing and helmet look great, while the bazooka works nicely - the Trooper can grip both handles convincingly in several poses. It is, as far as I can see, a new piece totally different to the examples used by Zap and Bazooka, and has the same Soviet surplus feel as most classic Cobra weaponry. One bit of oddness is that the figure comes with a pistol, but no holster. You can wedge the thing in the webbing at the small of his back, but it's hardly a good fit. There was meant to be a holster on the back but this was missed out - the outline's there, and the holster was fixed entirely for the aforementioned Stinger Driver recolour. So the problem with the Bazooka Trooper is he comes with a free spare pistol - oh no, however will we cope?

It's a terrific idea to bring a bit of variety to army builders, nicely done too. At the same time it's logical, giving Cobra some antitank infantry if Scrap Iron's busy reloading his silly missile launcher. The Bazooka Trooper is one of the cheapest 25th Anniversary toys to round up, and really adds to any platoon of Cobra Troopers.



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