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REVIEW: Cobra Officer

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Background

At the forefront of any COBRA strike are the Officers of the COBRA infantry. Fiercely loyal to COBRA ideals and unwavering in their commitment, these are the individuals who have stood out among squadrons of hardened and sadistic troopers. Their cunning lust for power propels them to commit heinous acts on the battlefield in an effort to be noticed by COBRA's top command. Once selected as a candidate for Officer, intensive physical and psychological training morphs them into effective and elite field leaders.

Sideshow recently added another member of Cobra to their line of 1/6 scale G.I. Joe figures. The Cobra Officer differs from the previously released Cobra Trooper and Cobra Sniper. But if you're going to build up your Cobra Army, you're going to need some minions for Cobra Commander to boss around.

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The Facts


Cobra Officer
Series: G.I. Joe 12” Figures
Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles
Material: Fully articulated hard plastic figure
Dimensions: 12” tall
Points of Articulation: Over 30 points (Prometheus male V1.0 body)
Outfit: Officer helmet; red fabric facemask; blue shirt with COBRA insignias and Officer Rank Bars; blue pants; black boots; detailed belt
Accessories: Smersh rig with buttpack; AK 74 bayonet with sheath; AK 74 with silencer and mag; AK 74 Aim Point Sight; Handgun with magazine and leg holster; 2 Canteens with fabric cover; 3 sets of interchangeable gloved hands; 12" display base with COBRA logo
Edition Size: 1,500 pieces

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Packaging

There was a reason we included Sideshow's G.I. Joe line in our top packaging of 2009. They use the magnetic flap that made Sideshow's Star Wars line so collectible, but they've added that classic G.I. Joe look with the sunburst designs and a bio card on the rear panel.

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Our Opinion

To date, Sideshow has released a trio of Cobra soldiers - Cobra Officer, Cobra Trooper and Cobra Sniper. They're all very similar, but have slightly different weapons and variations in their uniform colors. By just looking at the Cobra Officer figure, it stands out because it's sporting a red facemask and a tan Smersh rig.

As with all of the figures from Sideshow's G.I. Joe line, the Cobra Officer comes loaded with accessories. The nice thing is that they all have their own little pocket or holster...so there aren't 20 cartridges sitting on your shelf. And thanks to those accessories, you are able to show off the AK 74 gun in a few different ways - with or without the giant silencer.

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If you were able to pick up one of the Cobra Trooper figures and you were a fan (or if you missed out and wanted one), then you'll obviously love the Cobra Officer. It really comes down to whether you like the facemask and tan rig on this one...or if you're a fan of the black mask and rig on the trooper.

The Cobra Officer holds up to Sideshow's highest figure standards. Their G.I. Joe line has very quietly overtaken their Star Wars license as the best produced figure series. All of the outfit intricacies, and the bevy of weapons and accessories, make the line (and the Cobra Officer figure) well worth the shelf space.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Sideshow: $99.99

Cobra Officer Grades

Figure Quality: 9/10
   Sculpt: 8/10
   Paint: 9/10
Accessories/Outfit: 9/10
Packaging: 9/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 7/10

Overall: 9.2/10

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