KOBALT THE MERCENARY
FLASH GORDON (PLAYMATES)
Flash Gordon is, in many ways, the quintessential space opera. The characters contained therein pretty much all fit the standard archetypes for such a story. As such, when introducing new characters to the franchise, if you don’t want them to stick out like sore thumbs, they kind of need to fit an archetype too. Today’s focus, Kobalt, is no exception to that line of thought. He’s very much the standard villainous gun for hire, sent to chase down the heroes, much in same vein as the likes of Boba Fett and Jubal Early. So, let’s see how his figure turned out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kobalt is yet another of the basic Flash Gordon figures from Playmates. Also worth noting: he’s the last of the three villains the line produced. Yeah, for some strange reason, they didn’t go for the obvious 50/50 split. The figure stands about 5 1/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. He’s one of the few figures in the line not to get the stupid v-hips, which is always a good thing. Kobalt’s sculpt is decent enough, though nothing particularly amazing. He’s about on par with Flash and Dale. The proportions are fine, and he looks like his cartoon counterpart. That said, the details are all on the more basic side, which makes him look a little less impressive than the likes of Ming and General Lynch. As it stands he’s accurate to the show, but feels lacking as a figure. Kobalt’s paintwork is fairly decent, and certainly on par with the rest of the series. His colors match up with those from the show, and the overall application is pretty clean. He’s still exceptionally shiny, but at this point, at least he’s consistent. Kobalt was packed with a Transrupter (whatever that is), an Imperial TranScanner, and an AirSled in a dark red color.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kobalt is yet another figure from the lot of 8 I picked up at a convention last summer. Like Lynch, he’s not really a character that jumped out at me. As a matter of fact, I didn’t really remember this guy until I picked up the set of figures. This figure’s alright, but not anything particularly impressive. He’s fairly run of the mill for the line.