DREADNOK  
  Code Name: ZARANA  
 

Zartan's sister, as her filecard prosaically told us, was the female figure for 1986, adding a touch of glamour and class to the popular Dreadnoks. Well, maybe. Relatively speaking, anyway. She went on to be quite a popular character, her triumphs including the only extant Cobra character to do anything useful in G.I. Joe the Movie and getting into a high ranking position within the Cobra organisation in the comic despite not being a ninja, eventually outliving her toy by several years.

The original figure suffered from having some sort of hamster glued to the top of Zarana's head, while updates in Venom v Valor and the 'G2' comic packs had massive faults as well. It wasn't until 2011 we finally got a proper updated Zarana, strangely as an exclusive to the San Diego Comic Con rather than a retail figure when even Crazylegs got into Pursuit of Cobra - those Rise of Cobra Baroness/Scarlett/Cover Girl figures must have sold really badly. Which they did, thinking about it.

The G3 SDCC sculpt is fantastic - only the lower legs (from the Resolute version of Scarlett) are pre-existing, resulting in a completely convincing Zarana. Thankfully, the manufacturers have restrained from slutting her up too much - while you still wouldn't take her home to meet your mother, her tits aren't hanging out or anything, and she looks more dangerous than easy. I'm guessing Hasbro moderated the lust of SDCC here, which is probably for the best - the news of a convention exclusive for a character as unladylike as Zarana had me fearing the toy would be pitched as a four inch girlfriend substitute. It's a shame they added the yellow streak from the cartoon to her mohawk, though.

Zarana comes with an updated version of her original spiked-wheel-on-the-end-of-a-rifle weapon, as well as the bladed rifle that came with Ripper. She also has a tiny hip-sheathed dagger. It all adds up to a superb figure, one of the best of what's still probably technically the 25th Anniversary line (even four years down the line) and a suitable additional piece for the largely excellent range of Dreadnok figures.

 

G.I. Joe Zarana
G.I. Joe Zarana
G.I. Joe Zarana
G.I. Joe Zarana