|Code Name: SCRAP IRON|
The slower rate of release for Cobra characters meant that, initially at least, they tended to be a little more crafted and well-characterised than the bulk of their opposite numbers. Scrap Iron, however, is the exception that proves the rule. He didn't even get to be involved in the murder of the Hard Master, having to settle for blowing up the Soft Master, who was just a fat bloke. That he did the deed while riding a Quad bike hardly helped.
I only really ended up with the 25th Anniversary version because it was cheap and convenient to do so. Sometimes I've been pleasantly surprised by figures bought in these circumstances (such as Zap or Hawk). Other times, not so much. And Scrap Iron is one of those - instantly forgettable.
He's largely based on parts cobbled together from the Cobra Trooper and Viper figures (meaning he has the Trooper's dagger mounting, but no dagger - smooth), but what is new doesn't really improve things. With his silly red bullet proof jacket and scarred face, he looks a bit like someone's kitbash of their own Mary Sue Cobra character. The bulky flak jacket looks like it belongs to someone else.
The missile launcher is seemingly taken entirely from the original, and is ultimately quite daft. Does he lift the thing up and carry it? Stand there next to the thing hoping a tank drives past? That it's just a few cheap bits of plastic really doesn't help matters. Ultimately, Scrap Iron is too generic to be of much interest, but too silly to be generic enough to work as part of a Trooper unit. A miss.