COBRA COMMANDER (v1.5)
Series: 1.5 (1983)
This swivel-arm version was released carded as part of the second series (1983). The swivel-arm Cobra Commander was available in stores in 1984 and was discontinued domestically in 1985.
At some point - perhaps 1986 or 1987 - Cobra Commander was available directly from Hasbro Direct - as the filecards have the glossy red backing that all filecards from Hasbro Direct have.
Cobra Commander came with a black venom laser pistol.
Primary Specialty: Intelligence
Secondary Specialty: Ordinance (Experimental Weaponry)
Absolute power! Total control of the world...its people, wealth, and resources---that's the objective of COBRA Commander. This fanatical leader rules with an iron fist. He demands total loyalty and allegiance. His main battle plan, for world control, relies on revolution and chaos. He personally led uprisings in the Middle East,Southeast Asia and other trouble spots. Responsible for kidnapping scientists, businessmen, and military leaders, then forcing them to reveal their top secrets.
"COBRA Commander is hatred and evil personified. Corrupt. A man without scruples. Probably the most dangerous man alive!"
When Cobra Commander was re-released in 1983, the straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.
The filecards that came with the Cobra Commanders from Hasbro Direct have a glossy red backing, like all filecards from Hasbro Direct, while the filecards that came with the carded Cobra Commander do not.
When the figure was released in 1982, except for the arms, the body construction was original. The only parts from previous molds were his arms, which were originally used on Cobra Officer (v1.5) (1983).
The back of Cobra Commander's torso is interesting to note, as it has a groove in the back where his laser pistol could snap in and be carried.
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
The molds of the torso, arms, waist, and legs of this Cobra Commander were re-used in 1984 for Cobra Commander (version 2).
In Canada, Cobra Commander was packaged with the Cobra Motorized Tank.
In the United Kingdom and Europe, the swivel-arm version of Cobra Commander was molded in red with black highlights, renamed Red Laser and packaged with a red version of the HAL laser cannon.
Cobra Commander was also released in Europe on Action Force cards. This release included Major Bludd's Rocket Launcher in addition to the normal Laser Pistol.
Takara released Cobra Commander in Japan in 1986.
In 1992 in China, the figure was released carded in China. While at first glance the figure looks exactly like the U.S. release, the Chinese version was stamped "Made in China". The U.S. version of the figure was stamped "Made in Hong Kong". Also, this version of the figure came with a different handgun.
Versions of Cobra Commander
"The Doctor" represents Cobra Commander before adopting the title in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. "Old Snake" represents a future version of Cobra Commander from Sunbow's The Transformers animated series.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Cobra Commander (v1.5).
Original Retail: $2.25
Hasbro Product: 6425
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-83010
Desimone Guide: #16
Tomart's Guide: #GI5135 (swivel arm)
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 19 (1st Ed.), Pg. 27 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a