|Code Name: COBRA TROOPER|
The most basic type of Cobra Trooper comes from the very first line, and is variously known as 'Cobra' or 'The Enemy'. The original figure, with minimal modifications, was also used for the Cobra Officer, Vehicle Driver, Viper Pilot and the Python Force figures. The 25th Anniversary figure has been similarly well-utilised, forming the basis of numerous Cobra troops - recolours include the Officer, Vehicle Driver, Vehicle Gunner, Python Patrol and Night Watch figures (some of which are covered below) while the mould also formed the basis of the Air Trooper, Paratrooper, Bazooka Trooper and Stinger Driver figures. And that's without mentioning that there are further versions of the basic trooper, including one with a red face mask and yellowy webbing.
This particular version is from the Cobra Battle Pack, one of the first releases in the 25th Anniversary series, differing from the single pack release due by having a red Cobra logo on the chest (instead of silver), no backpack hole and an all-black rifle. It's basically heavily based on the original 1982 Cobra figure, right down to the black mask.
The Trooper toy is also very nice looking. Both articulation and detail are comprehensive, and the sheer straightforwardness shines through. The detailing is subtle but effective, while the rifle is also carefully modelled on the original. Sadly, it does feature the initial 'wide' crotch that restricts leg range somewhat and prevents the figure from sitting normally and the initial elbow problems the line suffered from, meaning it's difficult to get the toy to stand to attention while holding its' rifle in a sensible fashion - this is the downside to equipping the thing with a totally faithful version of the 1982 figure's sniper rifle.
There are a few other niggles - the bald head under the helmet looks slightly silly and the blunt knife doesn't convince, but nothing particularly significant. Indeed, the only real problem with this particular variant is it's expensive relative to some of the other Cobra types and is thus unsuitable for army building. That aside, it's an excellent update of the generic troop type. Of the other variants, the Officer version has rather awful grey webbing while the Vehicle Gunner is given a nice dark grey colour scheme and some painted hair but can be pricey due to only being included in the Ultimate Battle set.