|Code Name: COBRA COMMANDER|
One who needs no introduction, Cobra Commander is one of the best known characters from the franchise, be it the ineffectual screechy-voiced tit from the cartoon, the slightly more cunning but still pretty rubbish version from the Marvel comic, the master plotter of the Devil's Due material, the quasi-successful former Baron Ironblood of Battle Action Force or the complete idiot from The Rise of Cobra.
As might be expected, there are a plethora of Cobra Commander figures available in the 25th Anniversary series alone, and I kept things simple by buying the first one I saw (by coincidence, also the first made). I much prefer the battle mask to the hood for a start. More recently, the Ultimate Battle Pack version ended up coming my way in a job lot and so I upgraded to that - the darker blue works that bit better (especially as it matches the majority of Cobra Troopers), while a lot of the paint apps are smoother, including the silver streak on the helmet, a silver belt and some general tidying up.
The rest of the look works just as well, with the less showy uniform indicating that this Cobra Commander means business (and not in a "setting the Dreadnoks up as a rock band" way either). The permanently clenched right fist really works too, ideal for various ranting poses. The articulation and balance is excellent, and the wise choice has been made to move the chest joint down to the waist, below the line of the distinctive jerkin. This avoids breaking up the uniform, and it's a shame such a move wasn't used more on certain other 25th Anniversary figures.
There are only two minor faults - one is that the helmet tends to slide off a little too easily (though it does reveal a little painted circuit, a plausible part of the mechanism), and secondly the storage for the pistol looks a bit weird. It takes the cue from the original's semi-backpack holster, but here it's embedded more into the Commander's back, and looks a little weird. However, these are both minor quibbles with a fine figure that captures the character's poise perfectly.