COBRA COMMANDER (v3)
WITH BATTLE ARMOR
Series: Six (1987)
Cobra Commander (v3) was first released carded as part of the sixth series (1987). He was also sold in 1988 and was discontinued domestically in 1989.
Cobra Commander came with a black mouthpiece, a silver life support backpack, and a black auto-assault pistol.
The same pistol was also available with Tunnel Rat (v3). A silver version of the pistol was available in the Battle Gear Accessory Pack #6.
The backpack and mouthpiece were later available with Cobra Commander (v10) (2001).
Cobra Commander likes to be up front in the thick of the action when his VIPERS, EELS, and Siegies confront the G.I. Joe Team. To protect their leader in the heat of battle, the best technical minds of Destro's armament factory created a special suit of body armor that combines flexible bullet-proof polymer fabrics with beryllium steel plate components. The entire suit is air-conditioned, solvent-resistant and ray-shielded. The helmet is fitted with an integral commo-system, internal read-outs for environmental quality and a miniaturized computer display.
"At least we don't have to worry about Cobra outfitting whole units with these suits. Each one costs as much as a jet fighter! The plate parts can withstand a direct hit from a heavy machine-gun and the flexible parts will stop anything up to a .357 magnum. We suspect that the helmet has an anti-tamper device with a direct hook-up to a half-pound of plastic explosive!"
There is a variation with Cobra Commander's head - it has been found in flesh tone with silver paint, or in dark gray with silver paint.
Cobra Commander's body is completely original - all new body parts.
The entire mold was re-used in 1997 to create Cobra Commander (v8). The mold was re-used again in 2001 to create Cobra Commander (v10).
In Europe, Cobra Commander was available on Action Force and G.I. Joe cards. Swedish releases modified the card's artwork to remove Cobra Commander's pistol.
In India, Cobra Commander was released in slightly different colors - with lighter blues and a brown belt.
Cobra Commander was released in Brazil as Couraça.
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 (v3).
Original Retail: $2.43
Hasbro Product: 6474
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-87006
Desimone Guide: #153
Tomart's Guide: #GI5709
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 88 (1st Ed.), Pg. 141 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a