G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
Sometimes, you need a good army, made up of good army builders. But you can’t only have the base-level grunts. No, you’ve got to have some internal structure of ranks. Otherwise, it all just falls apart. It’s a false economy, I tell ya! But it’s okay, because Cobra, having a background in being a pyramid scheme started by a used car salesman, has plenty of levels. So, you don’t just have the Cobra Infantry, you also have the Cobra Officers!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Cobra Officer is figure 37 in the G.I. Joe: Classified Series line-up. He’s the last of the three figures in the second 2022 assortment for the line. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. Like Spirit, the Cobra Officer is a mix of old and new parts. Unsurprisingly, he’s using a number of pieces from the Cobra Trooper/Cobra Infantry mold, though it’s perhaps not as much as you might expect at first glance. The pelvis, upper arms and upper legs are the same, but he gets new pieces for just about everything else. The general gist of the sculpt is to keep things overall visually consistent with the prior mold, but making adjustments to make him ever so slightly more vintage in how things are set-up. The gloves and boots are now more standard pieces, rather than the more sci-fi looking ones of the prior sculpt, the torso armor is a little cleaner and sleeker, looking more like the tunic sported like the original figure. The new head still keeps the full mask under the helmet, but the face mask portion is now a more standard cloth piece, again keeping him a little more in-line with the original figures, especially when the helmet is in place. He also gets a slightly more streamlined version of the webgear from the last figure, a new helmet (also a bit more streamlined) now with rank at the front, and he also gets the arm band piece from the Cobra Island Trooper, just to more fully sell that extra bit of rank. I like that it all assembles to something that’s still consistent with what they’ve already released, while still going for something just a little more classically inspired, keeping with that slow trend of the line as it moves forward. The figure’s color work sticks pretty close to the standard Infantry release, with the expected changes for the new sculpt elements. All of the application is pretty sharp and clean, and the eyes get the printed set-up, which continues to really work for these figures. The Officer is packed with a small pistol, a short rifle (with removable magazine), a long rifle (with removable magazine and scope), a knife, and a holster that goes on his back to hold the long rifle. All of the weapons are all new, and the long rifle even gets some additional paint work.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve enjoyed seeing the incremental changes that Hasbro’s been making to the Cobra Trooper look over the course of these figures. I didn’t think much of the Officer when he was first announced, but after seeing all of the changes they made to go more classic, I was certainly interested. He’s a figure that’s definitely going to get overshadowed by his wave-mates, but that doesn’t make him a bad figure at all, and I honestly think he’s an improvement even on the basic Infantyman. And hey, it’s always nice to diversify your army a bit, right?
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