Cobra Commander (Rise of Cobra Version) | Produced by Hasbro
Released July 2009
Released July 2009
The deviously brilliant leader of COBRA demands complete allegiance from his followers as he works toward his ultimate goal of controlling the world. He hides a deadly secret few others know, just as his mask covers disfiguring damage from a fiery accident.
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed we've already looked at the Cobra Commander a couple of times (here and here.) This Cobra Commander is the original release of the Pursuit of Cobra line Cobra Commander - the only difference being the paintwork and accessories.
The biggest difference is the Commander's mask. On the Pursuit of Cobra figure, it's solid silver. Here it's a clear-plastic visor, beneath which is visible a burned/scarred face. Personally I prefer the silver look. Similarly, the blue paint within this Commander's coat is a deep burgundy on the Pursuit of Cobra figure. Again, I prefer that. There's also a red Cobra logo on the Pursuit... figure that's not present here.
The Cobra Commander's chest armour also lacks the metallic sheen of his Pursuit... counterpart. That aside, the figures are identical.
The Rise of Cobra Cobra Commander comes with a different set of accessories to the Pursuit... version.
Like most of the Rise of Cobra figures, he comes with an oversized firing weapon. This is actually pretty cool but doesn't quite sit on his shoulder as well as I'd hoped. The clear green missile looks nice, though.
He also comes with a pistol, Nanomite injector and data pad, both of which can fit into the port on his leg. The weapon sculpts are OK but the plastic is a little, well, plastic-looking. A Cobra snake and stand round-off the accessories.
If you want a modern Cobra Commander, buy the Pursuit of Cobra one - it's simply a better-looking, better-equipped figure. The paintwork on the Pursuit... version is vastly superior and really brings out the detailing on the sculpt. If you're not a fan of this sculpt, save your money, as there is a ''classic'' Cobra Commander coming to the line soon. However, if you're a completist, a fan of this look or you just need a bad guy to menace your Joes, then the Pursuit of Cobra version of the Commander should be your choice, not this one.